Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Phonologically Conditioned Suppletive Allomorphy: Cross-linguistic Results and Theoretical Consequences

Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Mary Paster [+-]
Pomona College
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Mary Paster is an Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College. Her research is focused on the phonology and morphology of underdescribed languages, particularly African languages. Her theoretical interests include tone, Autosegmental Phonology, and models of the phonology-morphology interface. She has published in a number of journals including Studies in African Linguistics, Africana Linguistica, Phonology, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Lingua, and Yearbook of Morphology.

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Our understanding of phonology-morphology interface is still incomplete with respect to two important questions: What phonological effects are possible in morphology? And how should they be modeled? Some types of phonological effects in morphology have already been subjected to studies involving large cross-linguistic surveys, e.g., reduplication, infixation, affix ordering, and ordering in coordinate compounds. However, phonologically conditioned suppletive allomorphy (PCSA), although it has received some attention in the literature, was not previously the subject of a broad cross-linguistic study. This paper presents an overview of the results of an extensive survey of cases of PCSA in the world’s languages, and it considers how the range of attested examples of PCSA informs the choice among competing theoretical models of the phonology-morphology interface.

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Paster, Mary. Phonologically Conditioned Suppletive Allomorphy: Cross-linguistic Results and Theoretical Consequences. Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 218-253 Jul 2015. ISBN 9781845532970. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25219. Date accessed: 17 Aug 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25219. Jul 2015

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