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Metaphony in Portuguese 3<sup>rd</sup> Class ‐u(C)C‐ir and ‐o(C)C‐ir Verbs: Evidence from Modern Galician and Medieval Galician‐Portuguese

Maria Goldbach

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589982.003.0011
                             Metaphony in Portuguese 3rd Class ‐u(C)C‐ir and ‐o(C)C‐ir Verbs: Evidence from Modern Galician and Medieval Galician‐Portuguese

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In this chapter, I analyse modern Portuguese metaphonic verbs of the infinitive shape ‐u(C)C‐ir and ‐o(C)C‐ir. I revise some of the most prominent hypotheses concerning the evolution of the metaphonic pattern. By comparison with Modern Galician and medieval Galician‐Portuguese I show that the pattern emerges after a period of free variation from normative strategies, but not earlier than in the sixteenth century. There is evidence that vowel neutralization in pretonic position has influenced the development. Conversely, vowel harmony with the thematic vowel is very unlikely to have played a role in the evolution of the metaphonic pattern.

Keywords: vowel neutralization; vowel harmony; free variation; schooling; normative strategies

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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