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A Polish argument for the underlying status of [ɨ]
A Polish argument for the underlying status of [ɨ]

Author(s): Paweł Rydzewski
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Eastern Slavic Languages
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: palatalization; velar consonants; Polish phonology; Lexical Phonology; derivations;diacritics

Summary/Abstract: This article argues against the single-phoneme approach discussed in Padgett (2001, 2003, 2010), which does not recognize the phonemic status of the vowel [ɨ]. The relevant data are drawn from the processes of Polish palatalization in the class of velars, while the presented analyses are couched in the theory of Lexical Phonology. It is argued that the lack of [ɨ] enforces the use of diacritics and leads to the proliferation of rules that are necessary to accommodate diacritically-specified contexts of palatalization. It is also shown that the singlephoneme approach leads to the morphologization of processes that are typically phonological. On the other hand, assuming the existence of underlying [ɨ] allows for a transparent and uniform account of palatalization effects.

  • Issue Year: 11/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 111-131
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English