chapter  13
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Exploiting the feature tree

However, the spreading of [voice] from the rightmost obstruent to a non-adjacent obstruent can only proceed if sonorants do not have a specification for [voice] in the underlying representation. This is shown in (3), which shows that the assimilation goes right through an intervening sonorant consonant. The subsequent specification of the feature [voice] in sonorant segments is achieved by a default rule: Russian does not contrast voiced and voiceless sonorants.