|Title:||Vowel Innovation in Arabic: Inductive Grounding and Pattern Symmetry|
|Comment:||Superseded by ROA-573.|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.
|Area/Keywords:||Phonology,Phonetics, Language Change|
|Article:||This article has been withdrawn.|