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Rhotic Metathesis in Algherese Catalan: A Harmonic Serialism Account
Francesc Torres-Tamarit, Clàudia Pons-Moll, and Maria Cabrera-Callís
354-364 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper provides a Harmonic Serialism analysis of the diachronic process of rhotic metathesis that has applied in Algherese Catalan. It gives some empirical evidence for considering the left edge of the stem a prominent position. It is also argued that the typological predictions that derive from Harmonic Serialism are more restrictive than those derived from parallel OT. Using only Harmonic Serialism, long-distance metathesis can be discarded as a potential process of natural languages. It is also proven how, again using only Harmonic Serialism, the two rhotic metathesis patterns found in Algherese Catalan can be accounted for in unison.

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Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Kimberly Geeslin and Manuel Díaz-Campos
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