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Title: Domains in phonology : with evidence from Icelandic, Finnish & Kikuyu
Author: Gibb, Lorna
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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In this thesis I consider the way in which morphology is visible to phonology. I begin by stating, in accordance with Kaye 1992 and Kaye and Vergnaud 1990, that only some morphology is visible to the phonology. In forms which have Analytic (visible) morphology domain final phenomena, for example, word final nuclear licensing, are visible word internally. I present analyses of three well-known processes - Icelandic aspiration, Finnish consonant gradation and Dahl's Law in Kikuyu - within the framework of Charm and Government Phonology (Charette 1991, Kaye, Lowenstamm and Vergnaud 1985 and 1990). I show that it is possible, and advantageous, in the light of previous studies, to deal with each of these processes within a Principles and Parameters based framework. I introduce a new constraint - The Cycle Spreading Constraint - into Government Theory, consider right to left proper government in Finnish, and show that languages vary parametrically in whether or not they allow segments to act as governors both within, and across, domains.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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