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A study of consonantal changes in syllable-final position in Korean

This work is an attempt to present a particular analysis of a portion of Korean phonology involving consonantal changes. It uses the general framework of generative phonology developed by Chomsky and Halle (1968), as well as recent modifications of their basic theory. The first section of this thesis studies the syllable- final unreleasing phenomena in Korean. Sound modification in this environment results in neutralization of a contrast which is present elsewhere in the language. The second section explores tensification of consonants after obstruents. The third section investigates consonant cluster simplification phenomena. The final section discusses some compound boundary phenomena that constitute a persistent explanation problem in Korean phonology.

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