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  • 1 Université de Toulouse II Le Mirail 5 allées Antonio Machado F-31058 Toulouse Cedex 9 France
  • 2 Pázmány Péter Catholic University Egyetem u. 1. H-2087 Piliscsaba Hungary
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The paper stresses the need to distinguish between two subtypes of binary laryngeal systems, viz. [voice] languages versus [spread glottis] languages (“laryngeal realism”—Honeybone 2005). It criticizes the use of the primes H and L for this distinction in Government Phonology, and proposes an alternative representation, based on Backley-Takahashi (1998) and Nasukawa-Backley (2005). This feature geometric model assumes the same set of melodic components for obstruents and sonorants within a system but with a difference in the status of source elements across the language types. Therefore, accompanied by the mechanism of element activation, it is claimed to capture the cross-linguistic observations more adequately.

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