On silent markedness
Edoardo Cavirani, Marc Van Oostendorp
April 2017

Empty categories – positions in phonological representations that have no direct phonetic counterpart – are still controversial in phonology. In this paper we give the main arguments for still assuming such positions and furthermore establish a markedness category for empty positions: some of them are stronger than others, and we can derive this from a combination of Element Theory and Turbidity Theory. We illustrate this with Italian and Dutch dialects, and point out that the phonological hierarchy of empty positions may correspond to a hierarchy of syntactic positions.
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keywords: empty positions, markedness, licensing, phonology
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