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Title:Explaining Kashaya Infixation
Authors:Eugene Buckley
Abstract:Explaining Kashaya Infixation

Eugene Buckley

University of Pennsylvania

In this paper I show that, as in languages like Tagalog, the peripheral

position of infixes in Kashaya (a Pomoan language of northern

California) is subordinate to surface phonological well-formedness. I

discuss various allomorphs of the 'Plural Act' morpheme, some of which

are suffixed to the root, while others are often (or always) infixed

before a root-final consonant. All allomorphs are subject to the same

alignment constraint, but whether infixation occurs depends on the

harmony of the output given a particular root and allomorph. What

distinguishes Kashaya from more typical examples of this sort is that

infixation occurs for featural, rather than strictly syllabic, reasons:

to improve the featural content of the coda, and to prevent the

deletion of distinctive features. In both cases, coronal consonants

behave as special relative to labials and dorsals.

This paper is to appear in the Proceedings of BLS 23 (1997).
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