Syntactic versus phonological generalizations in Hebrew verbal morphology

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Primary data in natural language contain various patterns that can be identified. Some patterns are “meaningful” in the sense that they lead to generalizations about the systematic makeup of the grammar. To take phonological alternations as an example, the prefix in- in English undergoes place assimilation to the following consonant: indisputable, improbable,immaterial, i[N]credible. Other patterns seem spurious: the sounds /h/ and /N/ are in complementary distribution in English, but it is not the case that they are allophones of the samephoneme. It is the task of the learner—and of the linguist—to extract contentful generalizations out of the various patterns in the data
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNELS 46
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
EditorsChristopher Hammerly, Brandon Prickett
Publisher Graduate Linguistics Student Association
ISBN (Print)9781537513409
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2016


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