Positional Asymmetries and Repair Strategies in Marathi and Varhadi
Dipak Tryambak Morey & Hemanga Dutta
University of Hyderabad; The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
A wide and varied phonological asymmetries can be observed in the native and loan phonology of Varhadi and Marathi that can be brought into penetrating light of scrutiny in terms of embedded segmental strength, positional strength governing the distribution of onset and coda, directional asymmetries in assimilation, segmental and syllabic asymmetries pertaining to repair strategies. Cross-linguistically, it has been observed that segments and privileged positions such as syllable onset in general, and C1 in syllable-initial position in particular resist and trigger alteration whereas segments in non-privilege positions, such as codas, and C2 in syllable-initial position are targeted for alteration. Interestingly, segments having greater internal strength are not prone to such alternation; instead they resist and trigger alteration although they occur in the non-privileged positions such as coda and C2 in the syllable. The instances of retroflexion in native Marathi, and deletion of C1 and preservation of C2 in native and English loans in Varhadi go against the universal principles governing positional faithfulness.
Dipak Tryambak Morey is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. He did his PhD in Linguistics from The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, India. His research interests include Phonetics, Linear and nonlinear Phonology and Phonological variation in Indo Aryan Languages.
Hemanga Dutta is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India. He did his PhD in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and completed his Post Doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA under the auspices of Fulbright fellowship. His research interests include Phonological theories, Phonetics Phonology interface, Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics.
ISBN 9783862889365. Linguistics Edition 120. 176pp. 2019.