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Albright, Adam (2008b)


This is a study of the paradigmatic levelling of final devoicing alternations in the history of Yiddish. Levelling proceeded in different directions in different lexical categories: e.g. from plural to singular in nouns, but from singular to plural in adjectives. Albright explains this by showing that, in each case, the most informative cell in the paradigm (i.e. the one neutralizing the smallest number of morphological and phonological distinctions) was chosen as the pivot (see also Albright 2008a). Albright’s results challenge McCarthy’s (2005) Optimal Paradigms model: inflectional paradigms have bases; the base need not be phonologically unmarked; paradigm effects may involve underapplication.

authorAlbright, Adam
titleInflectional paradigms have bases too: evidence from Yiddish
editorBachrach, Asaf and Nevins, Andrew
booktitleInflectional identity
seriesOxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 18
publisherOxford University Press


    author = {Albright, Adam},
    year = {2008b},
    title = {Inflectional paradigms have bases too: evidence from Yiddish},
    booktitle = {Inflectional identity},
    editor = {Bachrach, Asaf and Nevins, Andrew},
    series = {Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 18},
    address = {Oxford},
    publisher = {Oxford University Press},
    pages = {271-312},
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