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Bobaljik, Jonathan (2008)


Detailed criticism of the Optimal-Paradigm approach to paradigm uniformity effects (McCarthy 2005). Bobaljik argues that McCarthy's analysis of Arabic is inconclusive because it rests on vague and problematic asssumptions on morphological structure. In a second step, he investigates phonological noun-verb asymmetries in Itelmen which are similar to the Arabic case discussed by McCarthy. Whereas McCarthy succeeds in deriving noun-verb asymmetries in Arabic by relating them to the different paradigms they have, Bobaljik shows that this doesn't extend to Itelmen where paradigmatic shape and lexical category dissociate in crucial effects, and concludes that the effects in both, Arabic and Itelmen, are due to different phonological subsystem s for nouns and verbs, not to paradigmatic effects. He argues that differences in the application of schwa epenthesis between Itelmen nouns and verbs do not emerge from the inventory of nominal and verbal inflectional affixes of the language, but are directly triggered by lexical category membership.

authorBobaljik, Jonathan
titleParadigms, Optimal and Otherwise: A case for Skepticism
editorBachrach, Asaf and Nevins, Andrew Ira
booktitleInflectional Identity.
publisherOxford University Press


    author = {Bobaljik, Jonathan},
    year = {2008},
    title = {Paradigms, Optimal and Otherwise: A case for Skepticism},
    booktitle = {Inflectional Identity.},
    editor = {Bachrach, Asaf  and  Nevins, Andrew Ira},
    publisher = {Oxford University Press},
    pages = {29-54},
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