Evidence for Stratal Phonology

Stem-level phonology and morphological structure

October 23, 2018

University of Manchester

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Categories:  Phonology-morphology interface Russian Irish Welsh

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In this talk I discuss the nature of evidence for the stratal organization of morphophonological grammar. Much — of course by no means all — of the currently available evidence in favour a stratal approach to morphology-phonology interactions comes from languages such as English, where the stratification of the lexicon has a strong historical rationale, or the Romance languages, where one can often easily observe morphological constituency at the level below the word. In this talk I discuss three cases that support the division between stem-level and word-level morphophonology as assumed in Stratal Phonology, from languages where the morphological rationale for stratification is less obvious. I consider evidence from Welsh svarabhakti, Irish vowel allophony, and the [e]~[o] alternation in Russian, and show that in all cases we observe not only cyclic misapplication effects but also properties more generally associated with the ‘lexical syndrome’.

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I’m Pavel Iosad, and I’m a Senior Lecturer in the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. ¶ You can always go to the start page to learn more.



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