Phonology-morphology Interface

Tracy Alan Hall, Indiana University

In this course we will investigate two of the ways in which phonology and morphology interact. The first topic to be dealt with is phonologically-conditioned suppletive allomorphy, e.g. the distribution of a vs. an in English. The second topic is paradigm uniformity, i.e. the tendency to avoid allomorphy within a paradigm. The goal of the class is to compare various theoretical approaches to allomorphy and paradigm uniformity, in particular standard derivational approaches vs. output-oriented approaches such as Optimality Theory. Data will be drawn from a wide variety of languages. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of derivational phonology and Optimality Theory.


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