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Title: The Phonology-Morphology Interface in Malay
Subtitle: An optimality theoretic account
Written By: Zaharani Ahmad
Series Title: Pacific Linguistics

This book gives an exhaustive description on the phonology and the
interface between phonology and morphology of the Malay language. The
description primarily focuses on the segmental alternations that are
derived due the morphological processes of prefixation, suffixation and
reduplication. It is observed that the phonology of prefixation,
suffixation and reduplication in the language are quite distinct both in
character and degree of generality. Processes that are visibly active in
prefixation are generally not active in the suffixation or reduplication,
and vice versa. This asymmetry has not been satisfactorily accounted for in
previous works.

The phonological analysis proposed in this book is couched in the
theoretical framework of Correspondence Theory, set within the
constraint-based approach of Optimality Theory. The asymmetry between
prefixation, suffixation and reduplication is satisfactorily accounted for
as a consequence of the output candidate best satisfying the language's
constraint hierarchy.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Malay
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 085883555X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: x + 193
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