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The Morphosyntax-Phonology ConnectionLocality and Directionality at the Interface$
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Vera Gribanova and Stephanie S. Shih

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210304

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210304.001.0001

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Global Optimization in Allomorph Selection

Global Optimization in Allomorph Selection

Two Case Studies

(p.3) 1 Global Optimization in Allomorph Selection
The Morphosyntax-Phonology Connection

Alan C. L. Yu

Oxford University Press

The nature of the interface between phonology and morphology has long been a matter of intense debate. One area that has received increased attention in recent years concerns a class of allomorphy called phonologically conditioned suppletive allomorphy (PCSA). This article offers two case studies of PCSA, one from Tiene, a Bantu language, and another from Katu, a Mon-Khmer language. The PCSAs in these languages are unique in that they both involve infixation. Our investigation suggests that a strictly input-driven subcategorization-based approach to PCSA does not offer a satisfactory account of this class of PCSA. Global optimization, which crucially references the well-formedness of output structures, is needed in allomorph selection to complement the often limited selectional power of subcategorization restrictions.

Keywords:   Suppletive allomorphy, global optimization, Tiene, Katu, Mon-Khmer, Bantu

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