External allomorphy and contractions in Romance

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Lexical items that show different, phonologically unpredictable allomorphs whose distribution is governed by phrasal phonological conditions (like beau - bei in French) are examined. The problems that originate from their dual phonological/phrasal Status are solved through the minimal assumption that if the competition between two lexical allomorphs is not resolved in the lexicont but is decided by Evaluation at the phrasal level. Under such circumstances an effect ofemergency of the unmarked arisesy and as predicted, the syllabically less marked candidate is chosen. Cases of single phonological underlying representations interpreting two different lexical items (contractions) are also analyzed, and a solution which is based on the relation of phonological and other grammatical properties in the lexicon is proposed. © 1996, Walter de Gruyter. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-206
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996

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