Final Cluster Reduction in English
We now turn to a discussion of consonantal variation and change in syllable-coda or word-final clusters. One of the aims of this study is the investigation of whether a set of principles underlies English CCR generally and whether it is possible to identify common phonotactic processes that operate regardless of the positioning of CCs within a syllable. With these objectives, the study of consonantal variation and change in this environment provides an additional perspective to the processes discussed in the previous chap♥ter. At the same time, clusters display important differences in word-initial and -final contexts, which is a function of their positioning and a major influencing factor on the rate and trajectory of this process. Consequently, before we begin with quantitative analyses of final CCR in English around the world, we outline the differences and some major implications of cluster environment.
KeywordsConsonant Cluster Language Shift Preceding Segment African American English Vietnamese Immigrant
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