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Poznań Studies in Contemporary Linguistics 47(2), 2011, pp. 177–202 © School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland doi:10.2478/psicl-2011-0014 MORPHOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY WITHOUT ABSTRACTNESS: ITALO-ROMANCE METAPHONY MICHELE LOPORCARO University of Zurich loporcar@rom.uzh.ch ABSTRACT This paper considers some selected cases of stressed vowel alternations arisen from the application of metaphony in Italo-Romance dialects. While similar cases are often re- ported in the literature, the ones picked up here stand out because

JAMES W. HARRIS DIPHTHONGIZATION, MONOPHTHONGIZATION, METAPHONY REVISITED 1. INTRODUCTION The present paper owes its title, its inspiration, and a large share of its content to Professor Yakov MalkiePs article "Diphthongization, Monophthongization, Meta- phony: Studies in Their Interaction in the Paradigm of the Old Spanish -/> Verb", which appeared in Language (1966). As will be seen below, I find certain aspects of Professor MalkieFs argument unconvincing, but this fact in no way diminishes my indebtedness to his spectacularly documented article, which I wish

https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501506734-004 Harry van der Hulst Metaphony with unary elements 1 Introduction In this article,1 I analyze several vowel harmony systems, generally referred to as metaphony. These systems (which come in many different varieties; see below) have been described or analyzed in terms of binary features, either using the feature [±high] (Walker 2005) or [±ATR] (Calabrese 2011) or in terms of unary fea- tures. In the latter case some authors have supported the use of unary features (Maiden 1991; Canalis 2016; d’Alessandro & van

Francesc Torres-Tamarit and Kathrin Linke Opaque interactions between vowel merger and metaphony UMR 7023 SFL/CNRS, Paris 8 and University of Vienna Abstract: Metaphony is a common process in most Italo-Romance varieties, whereby an unstressed high vowel inflectional suffix causes raising of a stressed root vowel. In some varieties, metaphony interacts with a process in which pho- netic contrast among a set of suffixes neutralizes (i.e. vowel merger). This paper develops a parallel analysis of two opaque interactions between vowel merger and metaphony in

Roberta D’Alessandro & Marc van Oostendorp Abruzzese metaphony and the |A| eater Leiden University Centre for Linguistics & Meertens Instituut Abstract: This paper addresses metaphony in Ariellese masculine nouns as a synchronic phonological process and argues against a morphological or lexical analysis. Metaphony in Abruzzese is analyzed as the addition of a mora to express the plural morpheme. This mora needs to be linked to a segment. The chosen segment is the most sonorant element in the syllable nucleus, i.e. the |A| element. Therefore, |A| is detached

Leonardo M. Savoia Harmonic processes and metaphony in some Italian varietiesi Università di Firenze Abstract: This article examines restrictions on the distribution of the phonologi- cal content of nuclei within the prosodic domain of the stressed nucleus. Besides metaphony, two types of harmonizing mechanisms are considered which govern the distribution of vocalic quality, specifically aperture properties, in the string: restrictions on the mid post-tonic vowels in Central Sardinian varieties and the distribution of [−ATR] vowels in Central Sicilian

Diana Passino Progressive metaphony in the Abruzzese dialect of Teramo Université Nice Sophia Antipolis Abstract: This contribution deals with metaphony, an assimilatory process that has targeted stressed vowels in the evolution from Latin to Romance, particu- larly widespread in Italo-Romance. First, progressive metaphony is tackled, an understudied type of metaphony that concerns only restricted areas of the Italian peninsula located in the Abruzzi and Molise. A description of the process and a reconstruction of the vowel-system of the dialect that best

Stefano Canalis Metaphony in the Ticino Canton and phonological features* Università di Bologna Abstract: The goal of this paper is to describe a (morpho)phonological process attested in the Romance dialect of the Ticino Canton (Switzerland) and to discuss its relevance to theories of phonological features. In this dialect all stressed front vowels are raised stepwise, and stressed back vowels are fronted. The actual nature of the phonological feature(s) involved is not obvious and provides rele- vant material to compare the predictions of different feature

Joan Mascaró On the typology of metaphony/stress dependent harmony1 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Abstract: The analysis of the stress-dependent harmony systems of Calvello and Servigliano shows that a set of basic typological effects derive from the typo- logical distinction between phonological harmony and morphemic harmony, a distinction determined by the structure of harmonic triggers. Triggers can be morphemes consisting of one or several of features, they can consist of a pure phonological element, or they can be mixed, consisting of both of