This paper discusses the need for including treatment of exceptions as segmental-level phenomena in the theory as evidenced from exceptional cases to spirantization in Modern Hebrew. A prespecification approach is used to provide an Optimality Theoretic account for words containing both regularly spirantizing and exceptional segments. Previous word-level analyses fail to account for such forms by dealing with exceptions as whole-word phenomena, allowing only words in which segments are either exceptions or regularly alternating.
Proceedings of the 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Charles B. Chang and Hannah J. Haynie
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