Dissimilation, Assimilation and Vowel Reduction: Constraint Interaction in East Slavic Dialects with so-called Dissimilative Akan’e and Jakan’e
AbstractThis paper presents an Optimality Theory-based analysis of the unstressed vocalism in Russian. It is argued that an account of the so-called dissimilative akan’e and jakan’e patterns in terms of dissimilation alone is simplistic and that the vowel patterns in question arise as a result of complex interaction of three factors, viz. dissimilation, assimilation and vowel reduction.
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