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Title:Vowel Innovation in Arabic: Inductive Grounding and Pattern Symmetry
Authors:Kimary Shahin
Comment:Superseded by ROA-573.
Abstract:This paper provides a functionalist explanation of current
vowel innovation in colloquial Arabic, by which short
epsilon is being innovated from /æ/, and /o/ from /u/.
The former phoneme split seems due to pressure for greater
perceptual distinction between /æ/ and /æ:/, and is
explicable as the result of inductive grounding within OT
(Hayes 1998). The /o/ results from imposition of inventory
symmetry in reaction to the new epsilon. An important
contribution of this paper is its application of inductive
grounding to paradigmatic phenomena.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Phonology,Phonetics, Language Change
Article:This article has been withdrawn.