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Localism versus Globalism in Morphology and Phonology$
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David Embick

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014229

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014229.001.0001

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On the Intuition behind Phonological Selection

On the Intuition behind Phonological Selection

(p.123) 5 On the Intuition behind Phonological Selection
Localism versus Globalism in Morphology and Phonology

David Embick

The MIT Press

This chapter examines Strong Phonological Selection and the intuition behind it. When artificially restricted examples are replaced by complex systems of allomorphy, the motivation for Strong Phonological Selection is weakened significantly. Hence, globalist theories do not generalize empirically. There are cases in which globalist theories, owing to their focus on surface effects, actually fail to take into account important morphophonological generalizations. However, the failure of Strong Phonological Selection does not mean that the globalist architecture in general makes incorrect predictions about the interactions between morphology and phonology. Any clear empirical evidence for Phonological Selection would favor globalism but not localism. The chapter also looks at genitive case allomorphy in Djabugay, a language of the Cape York region of Australia, as well as case allomorphy in Yidiɲ, a language closely related to Djabugay.

Keywords:   Strong Phonological Selection, allomorphy, morphology, phonology, globalism, genitive, Djabugay, Yidiɲ

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