Laryngeal Markedness and aspiration

by Bet Vaux and Bridget Samuels. Link goes to CJO abstract. Mentions data from Australian languages.

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=420588 

Abstract

We argue that the common phonological assumptions that (i) plain voiceless consonants are less marked than voiceless aspirates and (ii) the unmarked two-way stop system opposes unaspirated voiced and voiceless members are incorrect. A wide range of phonetic and internal and external phonological evidence suggests instead that (i) the maximally unmarked single-series stop is unspecified for laryngeal features and (ii) the unmarked two-way stop system opposes aspirated and unaspirated stops, and the aspirated series may be the unmarked member of this set.

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