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Prosodically-driven morpheme non-realization in the Minorcan Catalan DP. Talk presented at the 24 Manchester Phonology Meeting. University of Manchester.
24 Manchester Phonology Meeting (2016)
  • Clàudia Pons-Moll
  • Francesc Torres-Tamarit
Abstract
Minorcan Catalan has an intriguing case of morpheme non-realization that is prosodically-driven and that cannot be accounted for allomorphically. Kinship appositional phrases are generally realized with the structure Es the-M.DEF.ART conco uncle en the-M.PERS.ART Jaume James ('uncle James') when the personal name starts with a consonant, but with the structure Es the-M.DEF.ART conco uncle ∅ Ángel ('uncle Ángel') when the personal name starts with a vowel. That is, the personal article en fails to surface when the personal name starts with a vowel. The same path, with non-realization of the personal article, is detected before feminine personal names. In this paper, we show that these asymmetries can be formalized straightforwardly within a parallel and global OT framework through the interaction of standard (morpho)prosodic constraints (McCarthy & Prince 1993, Selkirk 1996 / 2003; Prince & Smolensky 1993 / 2004) with morpheme realization constraints (see Selkirk 2001, Kurisu 2001, among others).
Keywords
  • phonology,
  • morphosyntax,
  • morpheme non-realization,
  • prosody-morphosyntax interface,
  • recoverability,
  • alignment constraints
Publication Date
Spring May 27, 2016
Location
University of Manchester
Citation Information
Claudia Pons-Moll, Francesc Torres-Tamarit (2016). Prosodically-driven morpheme non-realization in the Minorcan Catalan DP. Talk presented at the 24 Manchester Phonology Meeting. University of Manchester.