Journal or Book Title
Phonological Studies (Journal of the Phonological Society of Japan)
There is a well-established asymmetry in the behavior of medial consonant clusters: the first consonant in the cluster can undergo assimilation or deletion, but the second consonant in the cluster cannot. This article presents an explanation for that asymmetry based on a version of Optimality Theory with candidate chains (McCarthy (2006a)). The key idea is that a consonant can only assimilate or delete if it first loses its place features by debuccalizing, and debuccalization is only possible in coda position.
McCarthy, John J., "Slouching toward optimality: Coda reduction in OT-CC" (2007). Phonological Studies (Journal of the Phonological Society of Japan). 74.
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