Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Accentual Allomorphs in East Slavic: An Argument for Inflection Dependence

Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Donca Steriade [+-]
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Donca Steriade is a Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is in phonology, exploring the interaction between morphosyntactic constituency and phonological organization; the possibility of predicting phonological patterns from auditory factors, and the structure of weight units.
Igor Yanovich [+-]
University of Tübingen
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Igor Yanovich is a postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation in residence at Tübingen University, and an associate member of the project “Language Evolution: The empirical turn”. The paper in this volume was prepared while he was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include semantics of modal expressions, historical formal semantics, corpus methods, phonology of paradigms, historical phonology, mathematical foundations of phonology, and computational research into genetic relationships between languages.

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This study analyzes a pattern of inflection dependence (Steriade 2008) in the distribution of accentual stem allomorphs in East Slavic, and it explores the significance of this pattern for the analysis of the phonological cycle. Inflected forms in Ukrainian and Russian surface with accented or unaccented stems as a predictable function of their inflectional class, the underlying accent of their root and further phonological factors. The result is that some lexemes possess multiple accentual stem allomorphs, others have invariably accented or invariably unaccented stems in inflection. We show that the derivatives of these lexemes use the full set of accentual stem allomorphs generated in the inflectional paradigm of their base, to optimize satisfaction of markedness and faithfulness conditions. The analysis requires a modification in the theory of Output-to-Output Correspondence (Benua 1998): in computing a derivative, the forms relative to which Faithfulness is assessed consist of the full set of inflected forms of the base item. In terms of the phonological cycle, the input to any cycle is a set of forms rather than just one form.

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Steriade, Donca; Yanovich , Igor. Accentual Allomorphs in East Slavic: An Argument for Inflection Dependence. Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 254-314 Jul 2015. ISBN 9781845532970. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25220. Date accessed: 18 Feb 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25220. Jul 2015

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