Topics in Prosodic Morphology | LSA.202
with Junko Ito and Armin Mester
course web site: http://lsa.dlp.mit.edu/Class/202
This course takes up a few selected issues in recent work in prosodic morphology. Planned topics include the following: (i) The proper treatment of infixation in Optimality Theory (role of precedence faithfulness, alignment constraints, and constraints on paradigms); (ii) the role of the minimal word in word formation processes, the existence of maximal size restrictions, and the question of how to deal with lexicalized variation in the shape of selected outputs; (iii) the relation between constraints on morphological categories and constraints on prosodic categories (e.g., the role of a constraint like Final-C as a constraint on prosodic words); (iv) prosodically conditioned allomorphy as an argument for constraint-based theories, and its analysis in Optimality Theory.
Prerequisite: Some background in prosodic morphology and Optimality Theory.