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Re: Tallefkeul: tones and whatnot

From:Marcus Smith <smithma@...>
Date:Thursday, August 29, 2002, 19:19
On Thu, 29 Aug 2002, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

> > Eh? I thought that the Obligatory Contour Principle was the principle that > > forbade identical adjacent tones at the tone tier in underlying > > representations. What you're talking about is something else that I can't > > remember either right now--Optimal Sonority Curve, or something like that. > > Perhaps I'm misremembering, though. > > No, that may have been what it started out as, but it's much > more widely used today.
One of the major applications of the OCP was to explain why semitic trilateral roots never have adjacent identical consonants. (Or at least Arabic, I won't swear to the rest of the family.) That is, you could find a root like, say, KTK but never *KKT. Marcus


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>