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Title:Yucatec Maya Vowel Alternations - Harmony as Syntagmatic Identity
Authors:Martin Krämer
Abstract:Yucatec Maya Vowel Alternations - Harmony as Syntagmatic Identity

Martin Krämer

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

In this paper, I will give a detailed account of vowel harmony,

disharmony, dissimilation, and elision in Yucatec Maya. These

phenomena provide insights for the treatment of assimilation in

Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky 1993). The theoretical

topics to be dealt with are (i) an adequate formalisation of

phonological feature assimilation within Correspondence Theory

(McCarthy & Prince 1995), and (ii) an account of morpheme-

specific alternations within this framework. I will argue that

harmony, or assimilation in general, surfaces due to a

Faithfulness constraint family, 'Syntagmatic Identity', which

establishes a correspondence relation between segmental or

prosodic entities of the same type within one representation.

To appear in Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 20.2
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1