In this article we examine the distribution of the vocalic properties within the word prosodic domain in the Central Sicilian dialects. We consider the following phenomena: metaphony and its (partially) morphologized nature in Sicilian varieties; restrictions on aperture degree and centralization of the vowels in the word string, where the high close vowels are licensed by following –a; /u/ left-right propagation on the (stressed) following [a] in contexts where a velar occurs in the in-between position. The interaction between metaphony and the harmonic distribution of the aperture properties of vowels has leaded some authors to see the harmony as a sort of reversed metaphony. Our conclusion is that harmony and metaphony involve a common subset of cavity properties, even if on the basis of different requirements. These phenomena are analyzed in the terms of a minimalist re-elaboration of the Government Phonology model.

ARMONIE VOCALICHE E METAFONIA NELLE VARIETÀ SICILIANE / Leonardo, M. Savoia; Benedetta, Baldi. - In: BOLLETTINO - CENTRO DI STUDI FILOLOGICI E LINGUISTICI SICILIANI. - ISSN 0577-277X. - STAMPA. - 27:(2016), pp. 201-237.

ARMONIE VOCALICHE E METAFONIA NELLE VARIETÀ SICILIANE

SAVOIA, LEONARDO MARIA;BALDI, BENEDETTA
2016

Abstract

In this article we examine the distribution of the vocalic properties within the word prosodic domain in the Central Sicilian dialects. We consider the following phenomena: metaphony and its (partially) morphologized nature in Sicilian varieties; restrictions on aperture degree and centralization of the vowels in the word string, where the high close vowels are licensed by following –a; /u/ left-right propagation on the (stressed) following [a] in contexts where a velar occurs in the in-between position. The interaction between metaphony and the harmonic distribution of the aperture properties of vowels has leaded some authors to see the harmony as a sort of reversed metaphony. Our conclusion is that harmony and metaphony involve a common subset of cavity properties, even if on the basis of different requirements. These phenomena are analyzed in the terms of a minimalist re-elaboration of the Government Phonology model.
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