In a -VCV- sequence in Kɔnni, [dorsal] may spread from one high vowel to another high vowel across a consonant only when the consonant is also [dorsal]. In a similar yet distinct pattern, [coronal] may optionally spread from a [coronal] vowel to an input /a/ only across a [coronal] consonant. The different conditions on these two agreements preclude merging these as a unified phenomenon, but both are consistent with Ní Chiosáin and Padgett's (1997) concept of allowing only local spreading. In terms of Feature Geometry, a consonantal place feature identical to a vowel place is generally taken to block such a feature spreading.
Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Linguistic Theory and African Language Documentation
edited by Masangu Matondo, Fiona Mc Laughlin, and Eric Potsdam
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