The 4th Crete Summer School of Linguistics

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Course taught: Phonological alternations: stratification, storage, history

Contextual variation in the form of linguistic exponents, i.e. ‘alternation’ in the broadest sense of the term, comprises an extremely wide variety of phenomena: from probabilistic variation operating over—and affected by—continuous phonetic parameters, to strong suppletion conditioned by syntactic features. The course presents an attempt to derive a fine-grained taxonomy of alternation types in a theoretically principled manner from the interaction of three key elements:

 (i) constraint-based stratal-cyclic theory of phonological computation (Bermúdez-Otero 2018);

(ii) an approach to lexical storage under which entries may be either nonanalytic or analytic, and may be linked by nonproductive schemata (Bermúdez-Otero 2012: §2.3);
(iii) an account of the diachronic life cycle of phonological patterns (Bermúdez-Otero 2015).

This effort leads to the conclusion that, whilst the synchronic implementation of particular alternations often involves highly complex and redundant interactions between several lexical and grammatical components, the overall typology and diachronic dynamics of alternation presents a remarkably orderly picture at the global level.
This course is advanced and requires previous acquaintance with phonological theory, especially OT.
Period16 Jul 202229 Jul 2022
Event typeCourse
LocationRethymnon, Crete, GreeceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational