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Representing the moraic nasal in Japanese: evidence from Tōkyō, Ōsaka and Kagoshima

Youngberg, Connor (2021) 'Representing the moraic nasal in Japanese: evidence from Tōkyō, Ōsaka and Kagoshima.' Glossa, 6 (1). pp. 1-36. ISSN 2397-1835

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This article reconsiders the nature and representation of the moraic nasal <N> in Japanese dialects, which is largely assumed to be a consonantal mora (Ito 1987, Vance 2008, Labrune 2008) or a variable segment (Yoshida S. 1996, 2003; Yoshida Y. 1999). I examine phonological processes and phonetic descriptions of the Tōkyō, Ōsaka and Kagoshima varieties of Japanese and show that previous representations do not capture all of the facts. I propose that N is best represented variously as a nasal consonant, a syllabic nasal or a nasal vowel depending on the dialect. I frame this account within the theory of Strict CV (Lowenstamm 1996) and I present new representations for N, taking into account segmental and prosodic behaviour of this segment. The overarching contribution is an analysis where the tonal status of N in Japanese dialects is directly derived from the status of nuclear positions that N is associated to or adjacent to, without reference to feature sensitive rules.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Japanese; mora; syllable; Strict CV; tone; nasal segments
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2021 16:33
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:32

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