Abruzzese metaphony and the |A| eater
Roberta D'Alessandro, Marc Van Oostendorp
January 2015

Metaphony in Ariellese, an Italo-Romance variety of the Abruzzese group, targets masculine nouns, and is neither only morphological nor only lexical: it is instead the result of a synchronic phonological process, consisting in adding a mora to the word to express the plural morpheme. This mora needs to be linked to a segment. The stressed vowel, being the most prominent unit, is the obvious candidate. More specifically, the chosen segment is the most sonorant element in the nucleus, i.e. the |A| element. In order to keep a correct syllabic structure, |A| will need to be detached from its original mora. The result will be both the realization of the remaining element in the stressed syllable, bearing a metaphonic “effect” and, when in phrasal configuration, the realization of the |A| element in the extrametrical position.
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Reference: lingbuzz/002370
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Published in: to appear in “Approaches to metaphony in the languages of Italy”, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
keywords: metaphony, morphology, syntax, harmony, truncation, insertion, morphology, syntax, phonology
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