Representational Aspects of Morphomic Vowel Variation in southern Italy<sup>1</sup>

Sascha Gaglia

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI:
                             Representational Aspects of Morphomic Vowel Variation in southern Italy1

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The chapter analyses three types of variation, namely metaphony, pretonic vowel variation, and laxing harmony, on the grounds of autonomous morphology (i.a. Aronoff 1994, Maiden 2004). It will be shown that all these types of variation may constitute morphomic patterns in the dialects in question. Further, I will argue in making reference to mental representation that metaphony in word‐final vowel retaining dialects is virtually morphomic even if the relation between form and function may be explained by a one‐to‐one correspondence, which is typically the case for metaphony in 2nd singular.

Keywords: metaphony; pretonic vowel variation; laxing; harmony; neutralization; mental representation

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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