S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 40 Number 1/4 (2004)
A Contrast-based Analysis of Consonant Cluster Simplification in English
- Kang, Seok-keun; Oh, Mira
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.40 No.2, pp. 377-395
- Consonant Cluster Simplification; constraints; cue-based; internal cue; external cue; perceptual
- The purpose of this paper is to reconsider Consonant Cluster Simplification in English. We first provide a brief review of previous syllable-based analyses of the phenomenon, showing that they are empirically inadequate. Then considering CCS within a framework of the cue-based theory (Steriade, 2000), we claim that it can be given a natural and unified account in terms of the perceptual salience of the involved consonants. We claim that the quality and quantity of the internal and external cues determine CCS: Consonants with perceptually salient phonetic cues resist deletion, while consonants lacking salient cues are relatively prone to deletion.