Vol. 1 (2015)

Word-Initial Geminates in Sardinian

Rosangela Lai
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI
Published August 31, 2015
  • Sardinian,
  • Strict CV Theory,
  • Phonology
How to Cite
Lai, R. (2015). Word-Initial Geminates in Sardinian. Quaderni Di Linguistica E Studi Orientali, 1, 37-60. https://doi.org/10.13128/QULSO-2421-7220-16515


It is reported to be uncommon for a language to display phonological contrasts between simplex and geminate obstruents: Italian and Japanese are among the few that do (Tsujimura 2007; Davis 2011). It is even less common for languages to display a phonological contrast of this kind in word-initial position. In this contribution, Sardinian is shown to be one such language. Word-initial geminates are identified through a range of diagnostics and are given an analysis in terms of the CVCV Theory (Lowenstamm 1996; Scheer 2004).


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