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Vowel elision and the morphophonology of dominance in Aymara

Kim, Y (2016) 'Vowel elision and the morphophonology of dominance in Aymara.' Onomázein : Revista de Lingüística, Filología y Traducción, 33. 367 - 384. ISSN 0717-1285

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Abstract

This paper examines morphologically conditioned vowel elision processes in Aymara, and proposes that they are due to a two-way division in Aymara suffixes between those which delete a mora from the preceding morpheme and those which do not. This “dominant/recessive” morpheme analysis builds on and simplifies previous accounts, which specified a preference for consonantal or vocalic environment on both sides of each suffix. I observe some phonological tendencies within suffix categories and propose a diachronic hypothesis as to how morphological vowel elision could have evolved from purely phonological vowel weakening processes that are still found in the language today.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: morphophonology, Aymara, affix ordering, diachronic morphology
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 11:43
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2018 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21049

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