Contextual allomorphy

Eullia Bonet, Daniel Harbour

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© Editorial matter and organization Jochen Trommer 2012. © The Chapters their several authors 2012. All rights reserved. This chapter characterises the empirical and theoretical bounds of the concept of allomorphy. We demonstrate how allomorphy may be distinguished from phonological, morphological and syntactic sources of variation, and we attempt to highlight the core concerns that a full theory of allomorphy should address. These include the types of elements (for instance, roots versus affixes) that may enter into allomorphic relationships, how far conditioners of allomorphy may be from loci of allomorphy, when and how competition between allomorphs is resolved, and whether grammars impose upper bounds on numbers of allomorphs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Morphology and Phonology of Exponence
Editors Jochen Trommer
Place of PublicationOxford (GB)
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2012

Publication series

NameOxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics


  • Adjacency
  • Allomorphy
  • Competition resolution
  • Context
  • Directionality
  • Distance
  • Phonology
  • Roots


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