Certain cases of morphological syncretism are shown to be driven by phonological demands. A characterization of such cases, it is argued, requires that both Morphology and Phonology be understood as systems of constraints, interacting in parallel. Several other phenomena also lead to the same conclusion. The present approach to a constraint-based Morphology relies on the hypothesis introduced in related work that mental representations constitute sets of logical entailments, from which major grammatical effects can be shown to derive. One such effect is mutual attraction between neighboring representations, a specific manifestation of which would be morphological syncretism. Another reflex of the representational entailments is morphological selection, each morpheme entailing a specific context of occurrence. The capabilities of the present formulation are compared with those of the Distributed Morphology framework.
Selected Proceedings of the 5th Décembrettes: Morphology in Toulouse
edited by Fabio Montermini, Gilles Boyé, and Nabil Hathout
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