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Title:On the existence of root-initial-accenting suffixes: An elicitation study of Japanese [-zu]
Authors:Shigeto Kawahara, Matthew Wolf
Comment:To appear in Linguistics. Final published version may be slightly different.
Abstract:Most known cases of affix controlled accentuation patterns involve local accent assignment: prefixes assign root-initial accents whereas suffixes assign root-final accents. In this paper we document the non-local accentuation behavior of [-zu], a recently-emerged suffix in Japanese which an elicitation study reveals to be productively root-initial-accenting. We present a phonological analysis of the [-zu] data, showing that standard theories of morpheme realization predict the existence of such a suffix. The existence of [-zu] therefore fills what would otherwise be an undesirable typological gap.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1