Identity constraints and Spanish resyllabification

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In this paper, I argue in favor of a constraint-based approach to Spanish resyllabification. An Optimality Theoretic analysis is proposed and compared to the rule-based account. A parallel analysis based on Correspondence Theory and Identity constraints (Kenstowicz's, 1995) demonstrates that aspiration of /s/ in an onset position does not constitute evidence in favor of a derivational account; in addition, the analysis proposed explains the interaction between resyllabification and aspiration and expands Kenstowicz's original proposal to various processes of derivation, suffixation and resyllabification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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