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Oh, Mira. 2002. The cue-based analysis of laryngeal neutralization in Korean. Korean Journal of Linguistics, 27-2, 275-292. Four types of neutralization are attested in Korean obstruents: coda neutralization, lax stop voicing (allophonic variation), tensification, and aspiration. The previous cue-based analyses of phonological contrast have focused on neutralization where perceptual cues are absent or insufficient (Steriade 2001, Jun, J. 1995). In contrast to these previous cue-based analyses, this paper contends that laryngeal neutralization in Korean exhibit not only cue-weakening but also cue-strengthening. This paper argues that allophonic voicing variation can be effectively accounted for by gestural overlapping. On the other hand, coda neutralization can be captured by the cue-based weakening: it occurs when the coda lacks perceptual cues. In contrast, tensification and aspiration are dealt with by cue-based strengthening. Tensification occurs when additional consonant closure lengthening cues are given and aspiration results from maximizing perception. With the view of aspiration and tensification as neutralization, the extrinsic rule ordering between aspiration and tensification is no longer needed. (Chonnam National University)