Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Lexical Insertion Occurs in the Phonological Component

Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

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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In many cases, the distribution of competing allomorphs is defined in terms of some phonological property of the surrounding environment. Considerable debate has taken place as to whether such allomorphy is resolved in the phonological or morphological component of the grammar. On the one hand, phonologically conditioned allomorphy often conspires with phonological processes or static phonological restrictions of the language, suggesting that both are driven by the same well-formedness constraints. On the other hand, many cases display a wholly or partially arbitrary character difficult to attribute to plausible phonological constraints. This chapter proposes that the conundrum be resolved by assuming that phonological constraints and morphological constraints on spell-out are integrated into a single grammar. This approach also predicts the existence of a variety of patterns, which the paper argues to be attested, in which the morphologically expected outcome is sacrificed to satisfy a phonological condition.

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Wolf, Matthew. Lexical Insertion Occurs in the Phonological Component. Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 361-407 Jul 2015. ISBN 9781845532970. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25223. Date accessed: 17 Aug 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25223. Jul 2015

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