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Paradigms in Phonological Theory$
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Laura J. Downing, T. Alan Hall, and Renate Raffelsiefen

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267712.001.0001

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Jita Causative Doubling Provides Optimal Paradigms

Jita Causative Doubling Provides Optimal Paradigms

(p.122) 6 Jita Causative Doubling Provides Optimal Paradigms
Paradigms in Phonological Theory

Laura J. Downing (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter argues that the cyclic causative doubling found in Bantu languages such as Jita (spoken in Tanzania) and Bemba (spoken in Zambia) provides evidence in favor of the latter approach. The chapter proceeds as follows. Section 6.2 presents the Jita causative doubling data. Then, following Hyman's account of similar Bemba data, it is shown that causative doubling is clearly morphologically conditioned but is also clearly problematic for a traditional cyclic account. Section 6.3 argues for an Optimal Paradigms (OP) analysis of causative doubling. An important result of the analysis is to show that only the causative, and not other derivational stem suffixes, defines a paradigm distinct from its morphological base stem because the causative is the only derivational suffix which induces phonological alternations in stems to which it attaches.

Keywords:   Bantu languages, Jita, cyclic causative doubling, Bemba, Optimal Paradigms

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