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The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence$
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Jochen Trommer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573721

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573721.001.0001

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Contextual allomorphy

Contextual allomorphy

(p.195) 6 Contextual allomorphy
The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence

Eulàlia Bonet

Daniel Harbour

Oxford University Press

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 

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