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Sean M. Witty; University of Florida

Charles J. Pindziak; University of Florida


Korean phonotactics prohibits complex codas; therefore, the language employs two strategies that allow for the breakup of consonant clusters to conform to this prohibition. These strategies include “relinking” (as used by Choo & O’Grady 2003:58–9), that is, the realization of consonant clusters across syllable boundaries, and deletion. The preference of these strategies fits into an Optimality–Theoretic framework, which this paper explicates. By using well established constraints, this analysis complements OT research on similar phonological processes in Korean so that these processes can be unified under a single constraint ranking.



Korean; coda reduction; Optimality Theory; phonology; phonotactics; assimilation of sound


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