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Description - An Effort Based Approach to Consonant Lenition by Robert Kirchner

This book presents a formal characterization of lenition processes and identifies the environments in which they typically occur. The author presents a unified approach to consonant lenition, wherein particular lenition patterns arise from Optimality Theoretic conflict between a principle of effort minimisation and faithfulness to auditory features, in combination with (perceptually based) fortition constraints. The approach is illustrated with case studies of lenition in Tumpisa Shoshone and Florentine Italian. This book represents a significant contribution to the current debate on the role of phonetic optimalisation in phonological theory.

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