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Canonical Forms in Prosodic Morphology$
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Laura J. Downing

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286393

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286393.001.0001

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Questions for Future Research and Conclusion

Questions for Future Research and Conclusion

(p.233) 5 Questions for Future Research and Conclusion
Canonical Forms in Prosodic Morphology

Laura J. Downing (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the remaining problems for the Generalized Template Theory (GTT), both the version developed in this book and other versions. One problem is that canonical shapes in some languages can be minimally smaller than a syllable (e.g., a single segment) or maximally larger than a disyllable (e.g., maximally four syllables). Neither of these shapes is definable as a target for prosodic morphology. Another problem is that GTT assumes that prosodic morphemes can be unambiguously assigned to a particular morphological category. However, a non-branching monosyllable can realize either a Root or an Affix if phonotactic constraints do not allow branching syllables in a particular language. For reasons like this, it is not always possible to determine the morphological category of a prosodic morpheme. These problems for future research are acknowledged, while emphasizing the gain in empirical coverage of the morpheme-based version of GTT.

Keywords:   single segment reduplication, four-syllable maximality, category ambiguity, Root, affix, minimality

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