Central Sierra Miwok has previously been described as having root-and-template morphology. This paper provides a novel morpheme-based account of that system as it applies to tense and aspect in the passive. Combining a Distributed Morphology view of vocabulary insertion and Optimality-theoretic computation of phonological form at the articulatory-perceptual interface, this paper shows (a) the features of functional heads and the spans they form are spelled out through the insertion of exponents consisting of segmentally deficient moras, empty V and C root nodes, and prosodic prespecification, and (b) how attested stem forms result from metathesis and coalescence through phonological constraint interaction once morphemes have been combined. The analysis shows how one of the last stubborn holdouts of putative root-and-template morphology can ultimately yield to a piece-based view.
Proceedings of the 37th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by D. K. E. Reisinger and Marianne Huijsmans Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-477-5 hardback
v + 225 pages
publication date: 2021
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA