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Title:The phonological role of paradigms: The case of insular Catalan
Authors:Maria-Rosa Lloret
Comment:To appear in: Auger, Julie; Clements, Clancy, and Vance, Barbara (ed.): Selected Proceedings of the 33rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (Indiana University, 2003). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2004.
Abstract:This paper argues that the apparent exceptional behavior that is found in insular Catalan verbs is due to paradigm uniformity effects. The emphasis is on the failure of epenthesis in suffix-less forms that violate the sonority constraints, but a preliminary treatment of other interesting facts (final devoicing, gliding, dialectal variation) is also given. It is argued that the Optimal Paradigms model (McCarthy 2001), which establishes intra-paradigmatic symmetric correspondence relations, captures these facts through output-output faithfulness constraints that level paradigms unless they are ruled out by high-ranked markedness requirements. The differences between nouns and verbs are derived from the organization of their paradigms.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Phonology, Morphology
Article:Version 1