|Left is more: Rhotic metathesis in Algherese Catalan
|Maria Cabrera-Callís, Claudia Pons-Moll, Francesc-Josep Torres-Tamarit
|Paper presented at the 20 Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2010
In the light of the diachronic process of rhotic metathesis that has applied in Algherese Catalan, in this (short) paper we provide some empirical evidence for considering the left edge of the stem a prominent position, along the lines of Alber 2001. A Harmonic Serialism analysis of the data is presented, as well as a comparison with parallel OT. a) It is argued that the typological predictions that derive from Harmonic Serialism are more restrictive than those derived from parallel OT. Only resorting to Harmonic Serialism, indeed, long-distance metathesis can be discarded as a potential process of natural languages (Hume 2001). b) It is also proven how only resorting to Harmonic Serialism the two rhotic metathesis patterns found in Algherese Catalan can be accounted for in unison.