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Title:Sign-Based Morphology and Phonology with special attention to Optimality Theory
Authors:Orhan Orgun
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Abstract:This dissertation develops Sign-Based Morphology (SBM), a novel,

comprehensive theory of the phonology-morphology interface.

SBM is a declarative theory that derives cyclic phonological

effects from static constituent structure configurations. Its

existence is proof that, contrary to commonly expressed beliefs,

there is nothing intrinsically or irreducibly derivational about

cyclic phonology.

Though sharing fundamental insights with current

paradigmatic approaches to the phonology-morphology interface

(Steriade 1994, Kenstowicz 1995, McCarthy 1995, Benua 1995, 1996),

SBM differs from them in certain crucial respects. Its unique

constructional orientation enables SBM to offer principled

accounts of five critically important phenomena that existing

paradigmatic approaches are unable to deal with in a satisfactory

manner: SBM (1) predicts the inside-out nature of cyclic

phonological effects, (2) deals successfully with Bracket Erasure

effects, (3) handles morphologically bound stems that act as

cyclic phonological domains, (4) handles noncyclic as well as

cyclic phonological effects, and (5) deals with cyclic effects

involving ungrammatical stems.

SBM shares properties of all three traditional types of

morphological theories: Item-and-Arrangement (IA),

Item-and-Process (IP), and Word-and-Paradigm (WP). Combining a

constituent structure-based view of morphology with a

realizational approach to affixation, SBM builds on ideas in

both IA and IP approaches to morphology. It also has a plausible

paradigmatic interpretation, incorporating insights of the WP

approach. By using insights from these approaches to morphology,

usually assumed to be mutually incompatible, SBM captures their

individual advantages while avoiding their pitfalls.
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