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  • Page extent: 452 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.85 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 414/.6
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: P224 .P767 1999
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Prosodic analysis (Linguistics)
    • Grammar, Comparative and general--Morphology

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521621083 | ISBN-10: 0521621089)

In many languages, word-formation is restricted by principles of prosody that organise speech into larger units such as the syllable. Written by an international team of leading linguists in the field of prosodic morphology, this 1999 book examines a range of key issues in the interaction of word-formation and prosody. It provides an explanation for non-concatenative morphology which occurs in different forms (such as reduplication) in many languages, by an interaction of independent general principles of prosodic and morphological well-formedness. Surveying developments in the field from the 1970s, the book describes the general transition in linguistic theory from rule-based approaches into constraint-based ones, and most of the contributions are written from the perspective of Optimality Theory, a rapidly developing theory of constraint interaction in generative grammar.

• Exciting area of linguistic (phonology and morphology) interface • Rapidly developing field • Unusually broad range of empirical material


Contributors; Preface; 1. Introduction René Kager and Wim Zonneveld; 2. On the moraic representation of underlying geminates: evidence from prosodic morphology Stuart Davis; 3. Verbal reduplication in three Bantu languages Laura J. Downing; 4. Prosodic morphology and tone: the case of Chichewa Larry M. Hyman and Al Mtenje; 5. Exceptional stress-attracting suffixes in Turkish: representations versus the grammar Sharon Inkelas; 6. Realignment Junko Itô and Armin Mester, 7. Faithfulness and identity in prosodic morphology John J. McCarthy and Alan S. Prince; 8. Austronesian nasal substitution and other ṆC effects Joe Pater; 9. The prosodic base of the Hausa plural Sam Rosenthall; 10. Prosodic optimality and prefixation in Polish Graźyna Rowicka; 11. Double reduplications in parallel Suzanne Urbanczyk; Index of subject; Index of constraints; Index of language ; Index of names.


René Kager, Wim Zonneveld, Stuart Davis, Laura J. Downing, Larry M. Hyman, Al Mtenje, Sharon Inkelas, Junko Itô, Armin Mester, John J. McCarthy, Alan S. Prince, Joe Pater, Sam Rosenthall, Graźyna Rowicka, Suzanne Urbanczyk

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