Why don’t they meet face to face? On hiatus-preventing allomorphy in Turkish and its relatives
2011 (English)In: Puzzles of language: Essays in honour of Karl Zimmer / [ed] Erguvanli Taylan, Eser & Rona, Bengisu, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2011, 23-36 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Turkish and most of its Turkic relatives are known for their regular and transparent morphology. One of the unsolved problems relating to this domain is why vowels cannot occur next to each other across morpheme boundaries. Turkic disallows hiatus between two adjacent morphemes, i.e. sequences of a stem-final vowel and an initial vowel of a following bound marker. Allomorphy, alternation in complementary distribution, regulates the phonotactics. The shape of numerous bound markers, i.e. suffixes and clitics, varies according to whether the stem ends in a vowel or in a consonant. Vowel-final stems occur with consonant-initial markers, and consonant-final stems occur with vowel-initial inarkers. Thus the vowels do not come into adjacency, do not meet "face to face".
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2011. 23-36 p.
Turcologica, ISSN 0177-4743 ; 86
Turkic languages, phonology
Languages and Literature
Research subject Turkic languages
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