The Role of Alignment in Moro Affix Mobility: A Friendly Amendment to Jenks & Rose (2015)
Sam Zukoff
October 2021

Moro (Kordofanian) is one of few languages which is known to display phonologically-conditioned mobile affixation. As demonstrated by Jenks & Rose (2015), object markers (OM) predictably alternate between suffixal position and prefixal position, depending on several phonological factors, namely, the tone pattern of the stem and the tone of the OM. Jenks & Rose use different cophonologies for the different stem-tone patterns, and they argue that differences in rankings in the different cophonologies are responsible for the limited distribution of affix mobility. In this reply, I show that the crucial ranking difference, obscured by certain constraints employed by Jenks & Rose, involves the relevant morphophonological alignment (Rightmost), not the tonal constraints, as implied by Jenks & Rose. Therefore, while the phonological factor governing affix mobility in Moro is indeed tone, the factor governing its distribution within the grammar is alignment.
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keywords: moro, mobile affixation, alignment, tone, morphology, phonology
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