Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Introduction by the Editors

Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory - Eulàlia Bonet

Eulàlia Bonet [+-]
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Eulàlia Bonet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Catalan Philology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and is a member of the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica (CLT) of the same university. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. Most of her work focuses on the interactions between phonology, morphology, and syntax, in Catalan, Spanish, and other Romance languages. Her work has appeared in edited books and in journals such as Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Phonology, Lingua, and Probus.
Maria-Rosa Lloret [+-]
Universitat de Barcelona
Maria-Rosa Lloret is Professor and chair of the Department of Catalan Philology at the Universitat de Barcelona. She completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics at Indiana University in 1988 with a thesis on the morphophonology of Oromo (Cushitic). Her current research focuses on phonology, morphology, and linguistic variation, in Catalan, Spanish, and other Romance languages. In 2002 she was awarded a research prize from the Catalan Government. She has published in a number of journals including Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, Language, Phonology, Lingua, and Probus.
Joan Mascaró [+-]
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Joan Mascaró is full Professor in the Department of Catalan Philology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is also a member of the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica of this university. He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1976), and his areas of research are phonological theory, morphology, and the phonology and morphology of Romance languages.

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This volume is a collection of original contributions to the study of lexical allomorphy, with a focus on Optimality Theory’s distinctive take on this topic. The chapters provide an up-to-date perspective on the advances in our understanding of allomorphy which Optimality Theory has been able to secure (in comparison with rule-based Generative Phonology). They also consider a number of important allomorphy questions which Optimality Theory has helped raise and address (e.g. the nature of inputs, the role of paradigms, the interaction of phonology with other modules of grammar, lexical storage vs computation, degrees of phonological (ir)regularity, subcategorization vs markedness). The contributors form an international array of linguists from North America and Europe. A broad variety of languages serve as the empirical base for the volume, either in detailed case studies (e.g. Burushaski, Catalan, English, French, Italian, Moroccan Arabic, Sahaptin) or in encompassing typological surveys. The volume is aimed at professional linguists with an interest in phonology, morphology, and the lexicon. With its broad coverage of allomorphy issues, the book’s content will also lend itself to courses in phonology and morphology for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

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Bonet, Eulàlia ; Lloret, Maria-Rosa ; Mascaró, Joan . Introduction by the Editors. Understanding Allomorphy - Perspectives from Optimality Theory. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-4 Jul 2015. ISBN 9781845532970. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27708. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27708. Jul 2015

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