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Localism versus Globalism in Morphology and Phonology

David Embick

Publication Year: 2010

An argument that patterns of allomorphy reveal that morphology and phonology behave in a way that provides evidence for a Localist theory of grammar.

Published by: The MIT Press

Series: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-vi

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Series Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

We are pleased to present the sixtieth in the series Linguistic Inquiry Monographs. These monographs present new and original research beyond the scope of the article. We hope they will benefit our field by bringing to it perspectives that will stimulate ...

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pp. ix-x

The research presented in this book came about as a consequence of my thinking about competition in the grammar, a topic explored in Embick 2007a and Embick and Marantz 2008. The general picture that emerges in those papers is that the grammar allows no competition among complex ...

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pp. xi-xii

I am grateful to many people who have discussed these ideas with me during the time I was writing this book. For detailed comments on manuscript versions of the book, and for numerous discussions of its core substance, I thank Morris Halle and Alec ...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-26

Theories of grammar (and of language more generally) make specific claims about how the different facets of language are analyzed, often in ways that create partitions that are at odds with descriptive works, and, notably, at odds with each other. Although different theories propose ...

I. A Localist Theory

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2. A Localist Theory

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pp. 29-68

This part of the book develops a theory of allomorphic locality that is centered on the interaction of cyclic and linear locality domains. This theory is developed as an account of a number of empirical generalizations that are presented in the course of the discussion. If something like ...

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3. Applications and Implications

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pp. 69-108

This chapter presents some case studies that are either motivations for or consequences of the C1-LIN theory. The initial discussion concentrates on the predictions that this theory makes concerning (linear) intervention effects and certain kinds of domain effects. These derive from the linear ...

II. Phonologically Conditioned Allomorphy

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4. Phonologically Conditioned Allomorphy: The Globalist Intuition

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pp. 111-122

Chapter 1 of this book highlights the fundamental tension between localist theories of the type developed in chapters 2 and 3 and the prevailing view in phonological theory, the globalist framework of Optimality Theory (OT). This part of the book compares the empirical predictions ...

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5. On the Intuition behind Phonological Selection

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pp. 123-154

Chapter 4 outlines the intuition that globalism extends to phonologically conditioned allomorphy (PCA). As noted there, the strongest confirmation that this intuition is correct would be found if all cases of PCA could be analyzed with the constraint system required for the normal ...

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6. Potentially Global Interactions Are Resolved Locally

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pp. 155-186

This chapter looks directly at the empirical predictions that distinguish globalist and localist theories; in particular, it is centered on possible forms of evidence in favor of global computation of morphology and phonology. In the abstract, this means an argument showing that the ...

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7. Discussion

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pp. 187-192

The C1-LIN theory developed in part I of the book is a localist theory that makes explicit predictions about how (morpho)syntax and (morpho)-phonology interact; these are developed with reference to contextual allomorphy, which constitutes the central empirical focus of the book. I chose ...


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pp. 193-204


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pp. 215-218

Further Reading

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pp. 219-220

E-ISBN-13: 9780262289344
Print-ISBN-13: 9780262014229

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs