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Morphophonology of the Polish domain margin

Małgorzata Kwaśnik (Catholic University of Lublin)

With the influence of morphophonology in mind, this presentation will set forth to advance the issue of the segmental distribution attested marginally before and also after the process of affixation. It will attempt to investigate the peculiar characteristics of the word edges and provide a unified account with respect to the clustering arrangements word-finally and word-initially in the system of Polish. We will examine and check the presented diagnoses against the mechanisms offered by the recent development of standard Government Phonology, the CV approach (e.g. Cyran (2003)). As the number of positions not immediately justified as present phonetically is inherent in the model, one of our objectives at this point will be to provide a thorough examination of the principles that govern the behaviour of empty nuclei. It will be observed that the nature of the explanation lies within the inter-vocalic or the inter-consonantal interaction not only at the prosodic but also at the melodic level of representation. We will incorporate the idea of a trapped consonant (Rowicka (2003), Scheer (2003), Blaho (2001)) as well as hinge on the possibility of the Interonset Relation contingent on the melodic specification of the sounds involved- namely Bridging (inspired by Bloch–Rozmej (1998)) This mechanism is highly dependent on the internal composition of the sounds expressed in terms of the elemental primes. Moreover, it is viewed a prerequisite for justifying the heavy cluster possibilities that were otherwise treated as troublesome by the theory. Additionally, we will submit to the analyses the relevant data in prefixation and continue with the investigation of the extent to which interaction with morphology affects the phonological regularities. Consequently, the relevant attention will be paid to the right edge scenario, where a closer look will be taken at the changes the suffix imposes on the preceding consonant and the cluster of consonants. We will present the range of palatal assimilation contexts at the domain boundary with respect to the following suffixes: the nominalising suffix –stwo, -nik, -nica, –øca, the adjectival -ski, –ny, and the diminutive –øka. The discussion will encompass the intervocalic and the inter-consonantal dependencies in the right margin, the presentation and the evaluation of the influence after the suffix concatenation and the resultant vowel-zero alternations. To all intents and purposes, the issues of the rightward and the leftward interonset relations, the elements’ bridging and the licensing potential of nuclei will enable us to evaluate the data in an adequate and convincing way while the investigation of the influence morphology exerts on the domain of phonological regularity will let us have the edge over other analyses.

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