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Stop Formation as a Process

Julie F. Nemer
Anthropological Linguistics
Vol. 26, No. 3 (Fall, 1984), pp. 245-269
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30027705
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Stop Formation as a Process
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Abstract

In this paper, I examine the arguments advanced to support an analysis of spirantization over stop-formation and the assumptions underlying them. In the course of this examination I show that stop-formation is not an unusual process and that for two alternations that have been analyzed as spirantization (one of them the classic Spanish alternation), the stop-formation analysis is preferable. I then briefly consider the effects of judging spirantization as, a priori, better than stop-formation and the question of why stopformation is stigmatized as bizarre.

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