Contextual allomorphy

Eulàlia Bonet and Daniel Harbour

in The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199573721
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199573738 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Contextual allomorphy

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This chapter characterises the empirical and theoretical bounds of the concept of allomorphy. We demonstrate how allomorphy may be distinguished from phonological, morphological and syntactic sources of variation, and we attempt to highlight the core concerns that a full theory of allomorphy should address. These include the types of elements (for instance, roots versus affixes) that may enter into allomorphic relationships, how far conditioners of allomorphy may be from loci of allomorphy, when and how competition between allomorphs is resolved, and whether grammars impose upper bounds on numbers of allomorphs.

Keywords: adjacency; allomorphy; context; distance; phonology; roots; directionality; competition resolution 

Chapter.  17263 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Phonetics and Phonology

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