Empty morphemes in Dutch dialect atlases: Reducing morphosyntactic variation by refining emptiness typology
Edoardo Cavirani, Marc Van Oostendorp
August 2019

In the literature on Dutch morphosyntactic microvariation, it is sometimes assumed that a subpart of Dutch dialects lack certain morphemes, because they have no direct phonetic exponent. More careful analyses, however, suggest that these dialects display so-called zero morphemes, whose presence is argued for either on paradigmatic or phonological ground. In this contribution, we present some examples of such morphemes in the verbal inflection and adjectival concord systems, and develop an analysis that, by exploiting the formal mechanism relating underlying and surface phonological representations provided by Turbidity Theory, allows for the formalization of various degrees of emptiness: morphosyntactic, phonological and phonetic. This, in turn, allows for the shifting of the burden of (some instances of) microvariation from morphosyntax to PF.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004710
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Published in: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.689
keywords: dutch dialects, empty morpheme, morphosyntax-phonology interface, phonology-phonetics interface, turbidity theory, phonology
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