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The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence$
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Jochen Trommer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573721

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573721.001.0001

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Morphophonological polarity*

Morphophonological polarity*

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(p.121) 4 Morphophonological polarity*
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The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence
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Paul De Lacy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573721.003.0005

‘Morpho-phonological polarity’ describes a situation where a morphological contrast is productively expressed by switching the value of a segmental or prosodic feature in the stem. This chapter argues that the most cited case of morpho-phonological polarity — the Dholuo plural — is in fact a complex case of morphologically-induced mutation. Cases from other languages are also discussed, including length, vowel quality, and tone exchange. Theoretical devices needed to express morpho-phonological polarity are reviewed. Morpho-phonological polarity is contrasted with both purely phonological and purely morphological polarity.

Keywords:   polarity, morphophonological polarity, exchange rules, rules, alpha notation, antifaithfulness constraints, mutation

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