The Domain of Gliding in French: an Optimality Theoretic Approach

Walcir Cardoso

Abstract


Gliding is a domain-sensitive phonological process of European French in which the high vowels /i/, /y/, /u/ become their corresponding glides [j], [y], [w] in the presence of a following vowel, within the domain of the Prosodic Word. Previous studies have either ignored the fact that the phenomenon is sensitive to prosodic domains, or have established an unnecessary prosodic domain, i.e., the Clitic Group, in order to account for the behavior observed in prefix plus root sequences. A more updated study, conducted by Noske (1996), proposes an Optimality Theoretic account for the phenomenon without any consideration to prosodic domains. As a result, illicit forms are predicted. The purpose of this article is to provide an analysis for Gliding in French in which prosodic domains serve as loci for phonological processes.
Accordingly, the study complements the work of Noske for
Gliding in French, within the same theoretic framework.

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