Welcome to the 31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 31)! Thank you for joining us.
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This conference was co-organized by the UHM Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and received generous funding from the National Science Foundation, the NFLRC, and the UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).
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Friday, May 20 • 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Relative timing of tonogenesis, registrogenesis, and the East Asian Voicing Shift

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In this study we discuss the East Asian Voicing Shift (EAVS), a massively cross-linguistic phonetic change in onset voicing contrasts that spread across the region, paving the way for the development of lexical tone and register. It is widely accepted that tonogenesis conditioned by coda-phonation contrasts precedes the EAVS in tone languages of the region, but does this hypothesis stand to scrutiny? We weigh the merits of this conventional "coda catalyst hypothesis" against an alternative "onset catalyst hypothesis", in which the EAVS comes first. This chronology carries significant implications for the study of suprasegmental diachrony.


avatar for Ryan Gehrmann

Ryan Gehrmann

PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh
I work on the historical development of suprasegmental lexical contrast in Mainland Souhteast Asia (register and tone) and on issues in the historical phonological reconstruction of the Austroasiatic language family (especially of the Katuic branch).
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Rikker Dockum

Swarthmore College

Friday May 20, 2022 3:40pm - 4:10pm HST
CC 309/310