Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Oxford Handbook of Corpus Phonology

Edited by Jacques Durand, Ulrike Gut, and Gjert Kristoffersen

Offers the first detailed examination of corpus phonology and serves as a practical guide for researchers interested in compiling or using phonological corpora

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History

By Bernard Spolsky

A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.

New from Brill!


Indo-European Linguistics

New Open Access journal on Indo-European Linguistics is now available!

Query Details

Query Subject:   Chain shifts with deletion or epenthesis
Author:   Elliott Moreton
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear Linguists:

We are searching for examples of synchronic or diachronic chain
shifts (i.e., counterfeeding rule interactions, such that /A/->[B] while
/B/->[C]) in which segments are inserted or deleted.

For example, in Catalan, there is a process which deletes a
word-final post-nasal stop, and another which deletes a word-final nasal;
however, word-final nasals created by stop deletion are not themselves
deleted: /bint/->[bin] 'twenty', /bin/->[bi] 'wine'.

In the Catalan example, /A/->[B] and /B/->[C] are both deletions, bu
we would also be interested in hearing of cases in which both were
insertions (hypothetical /q/->[qa], /qa/->[qat]), or one was an insertion
and the other a change (hypothetical /q/->[qi], /qi/->[ki]), etc.

The most interesting case for us would be one which involved both a
deletion and an insertion: /AxB/->[AB], /AB/->[AyB]. We know of only one
claimed such case (Donegan & Stampe in Dinnsen (ed.) 1979).

We also count "sole-survivor effects", i.e., cases in which *all*
instances of surface [B] are derived from underlying /A/. In Optimality
Theory, these must be analyzed as chain shifts: /A/->[B], /B/->[something
else]. A language in which, e.g., all surface clusters were derived by
syncope would therefore be of interest to us.

A summary of all responses will be posted to the list (we can be
relied upon to do this; see LINGUIST 13.450, 2002 Feb. 14).

Many thanks,
Elliott Moreton and Paul Smolensky
Department of Cognitive Science
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

LL Issue: 13.1056
Date posted: 16-Apr-2002


Sums main page