As a case of circular counterfeeding opacity, Taiwanese tone circle presents an analytical challenge to both rule-based phonology and Optimality Theory. Using the wug test paradigm, the authors show that the tone sandhis in the Taiwanese tone circle are generally unproductive, but the phonetic duration of the tones has an effect on the productivity of the sandhis in the circle. Their results cast further doubt on the productivity of opaque phonological patterns, and also suggest that phonetics is relevant to synchronic phonology.
Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon
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