Linguistics Colloquium: Hannah Sande ​(Georgetown)

MAY 02, 2019 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




May 02, 2019: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM




Hannah Sande ​(Georgetown) presents:

Phase-bounded phonology in Cophonologies by Phase

This talk showcases three very different interactions between morphology and phonology, all of which show that phonological alternations, including morphologically conditioned phonological alternations, are sensitive to syntactic phase boundaries. I introduce the Cophonologies by Phase model (Sande and Jenks, 2018), which relies on two main assumptions: 1) an expanded notion of vocabulary items in a Distributed Morphology approach, where morphosyntactic feature bundles can be associated with partial phonological constraint rerankings (or re-weightings), in addition to being associated with a (supra)segmental phonological form, and 2) phase-based spell-out and application of phonology. This framework is shown to account for a wide range of phenomenon, including morpheme-specific phonological effects that can affect the phonological output of multiple words, word-internal but domain-restricted application of a phonological process, and cumulative morpheme-specific phonological effects in a single phase domain, while still making specific predictions about types of alternations that we do not expect to see in human language. Data for each case study comes from Guébie (Kru, Côte d'Ivoire), but each type of process is shown to be quite common across languages. I argue that with morpheme-specific phonology and phonological evaluation at phase boundaries, Cophonologies by Phase can account for these processes in a unified but restricted way.