Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

11. Cyclicity and Non-cyclicity in Maltese: Local Ordering of Phonology and Morphology in OT-CC

Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

Matthew Wolf [+-]
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Matthew Wolf completed his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. He subsequently held visiting positions at Georgetown University (2008-2009) and Yale University (2009-2010), and was a post-doctoral researcher at Yale from 2010 to 2012. His work has appeared in Linguistics, Phonology, and Morphology, and he is a contributor to two other volumes in the Advances in Optimality Theory series: Modeling Ungrammaticality in Optimality Theory (2010) and Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism (2015).

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This chapter addresses an exception to a classic example of the cycle in phonology. In Maltese, syncope cyclically underapplies in consonant-final verb stems with object suffixes, but applies in a non-cyclic, surface-transparent manner in vowel-final verb stems. Such situations are challenging for traditional frameworks where the serial order of phonology and morphology is directly built into the modular architecture of the grammar. Instead, a satisfactory treatment requires a theory in which phonology-morphology ordering relations are chosen by the grammar with respect to potentially conflicting pairwise preferences. An analysis is given using Optimal Interleaving (OI), an extension of McCarthy’s (2007) OT with Candidate Chains (OT-CC), a framework that has this property.

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Wolf, Matthew. 11. Cyclicity and Non-cyclicity in Maltese: Local Ordering of Phonology and Morphology in OT-CC. Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 327-368 Sep 2016. ISBN 9781845531492. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24951. Date accessed: 18 Jan 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24951. Sep 2016

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