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Journal Articles RGG : rivista di grammatica generativa Year : 2003

Velars and empty-headedness in Government Phonology

Daniel Huber


In government and licensing theories velars are usually considered to be headless consonants, that is, headed by the "empty element". It is argued here that the velars-empty elements connection is a promising line of thinking, but certain adjustments are needed to correctly interpret that connection. The ultimate conclusion is that velars only refer to the place elements I and U for phonological operations, that is, these only can be evoked on occasion, while any other independent velar place element is superfluous.


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Daniel Huber. Velars and empty-headedness in Government Phonology. RGG : rivista di grammatica generativa, 2003, 28, pp.45-56. ⟨hal-00979911⟩
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