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Ora Matushansky and Alec Marantz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019675

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019675.001.0001

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Locality Domains for Contextual Allomorphy across the Interfaces

Locality Domains for Contextual Allomorphy across the Interfaces

(p.95) 6 Locality Domains for Contextual Allomorphy across the Interfaces
Distributed Morphology Today

Alec Marantz

The MIT Press

This chapter supports the hypotheses that the semantic interface, like the phonological interface, does allow for contextual allosemy, within the same spell-out domains as for contextual allomorphy and governed by the same locality constraints. The chapter briefly explains the locality conditions on contextual allomorphy, adapted from Embick. It then presents a quick theory of contextual allosemy, covering the choices of meanings that count here, both for roots and for functional morphemes. For this discussion, it proves crucial to contrast contextual allosemy with the sort of ȁspecial meanings” associated with idiom formation. The next section of this chapter presents three challenges for the proposed locality constraints on contextual allosemy, two from the literature on Japanese and Greek, and a case parallel to these from English. This section shows that the data from these languages are actually predicted by the theory of earlier sections of this chapter and highlights an extremely strong prediction about apparent nonlocal conditioning of contextual allosemy. The chapter then concludes.

Keywords:   semantic interface, phonological interface, contextual allosemy, contextual allomorphy, idiom formation, Japanese, Greek

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