Sanskrit Nominal Stem Gradation without Morphomes
Brent de Chene
March 2021
 

It is proposed that the alternations ā ~ a and a ~ Ø in the stem-final syllable of Sanskrit nominals such as rā́jān- ‘king’ and dātār- ‘giver’ are due to rules of shortening and syncope. If so, those alternations provide no support, contrary to claims in the literature, for a framework in which stem alternants are associated with “morphomic indices” by stem-indexing rules and, more generally, no support for a morphomic or purely morphological level of representation mediating between morphosyntax and morphophonology.
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keywords: sanskrit, nominal gradation, ablaut, morphome, shortening, syncope, morphology
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