Metaphony as Magnetism
Marc Van Oostendorp, Roberta D'Alessandro
November 2017

Metaphony in Romance poses a well-known problem for Element Theory, as it seems to involve lowering. D’Alessandro and van Oostendorp (2016) propose to solve this by assuming some suffixes are ‘|A| Eaters’, absorbing the |A| element from the stem vowel without getting phonetically realized themselves. This paper points to some problems with this analysis, and shows that Magnetic Grammar, a framework in all linguistic variation is encoded in features, might help to solve them. This is the first draft of a paper we submitted for a volume. Comments/feedback very welcome!
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Reference: lingbuzz/003752
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Published in: In Grimaldi, Lai, Franco & Baldi (eds), 2018. Structuring Variation in Romance Linguistics and Beyond: In honour of Leonardo M. Savoia. Amsterdam: John Benjamins
keywords: element theory, phonology, primitives, magnetic grammar, morphology, phonology
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