Phonological aspiration in neutralizing context: To deaspirate or to throwback?

This week, Ali H. Birahimani talks about aspiration in Balochi (an Iranian language of western Asia).

This study explores the treatments of phonological aspiration in the neutralizing context of pre-consonantal coda, based on production data elicited experimentally from speakers of Balochi (an Iranian language of western Asia). There are two well known outcomes of aspiration in this context, neutralization (obviously) and regressive transposition of aspiration, in simplified abstract phonological sequences C1VC2H-C3 > C1VC2C3 and C1VC2H-C3 > C1HVC2C3 respectively – the latter of these being a rarity and also an aberration cross-linguistically. Because phonological aspiration in a neutralizing context has not been examined before, especially in synchronic data, it is not certain if the outcomes of deaspiration and throwback are the only treatments; it is possible that in reality these two comprise an end result of more diverse articulatory strategies, one that derives from potential limitations of auditory-perceptual judgments. In analyzing the treatments of C1VC2H-C3 acoustically, with an aim to identify the strategies employed by language users, we want in principle to study the profile of three transitions, C1-V, V-C2, and C2H-C3. In this talk I set forth the Balochi data on aspiration in the said context and discuss the issues related to its analysis, focusing in particular on the problematic C2H-C3 transition.

Published Oct. 21, 2022 2:28 PM - Last modified Nov. 17, 2022 11:15 AM