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Title: Vowel deletion as mora usurpation: the case of Yine
Author: Eva Zimmermann
Institution: Universität Leipzig
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: Yine
Abstract: Vowel deletion in Yine crucially refers to both morphological and phonological information. It has been argued that the process is only analysable in a theory where the phonology has access to morphology, either on the assumption of different morphological domains of constraint evaluation (Lin , , ) or on the assumption of morphologically indexed optimality-theoretic constraints (Pater ). In contrast, I propose a phonological analysis of vowel deletion in Yine in a parallel Optimality Theory model. The phonology, I assume, has only limited access to morphological information, and can only distinguish between affix and stem material. I argue that the morphemes that trigger deletion of a preceding vowel have a defective underlying representation: they lack a mora, and ‘usurp’ the mora of a preceding vowel.


This article appears IN Phonology Vol. 30, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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