The Logic of Contextual Allomorphy
Chris Collins
August 2018

In this paper, I explore ways of analyzing contextual allomorphy that eschew reference to competition and blocking. Instead, I propose the independence assumption on suffixes. I illustrate the framework with case studies from English morphology, including irregular plurals and irregular past tense verb forms. Lastly, I show how the phenomenon of doublets provides strong support for the independence assumption.
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keywords: contextual allomorphy, plural, past tense, blocking, morphology, syntax
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