A typological study of vowel interactions in Basque

E. Cavirani, K. Linke, Francesc Torres-Tamarit, Varun de Castro-Arrazola

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The aim of this paper is to check the factorial typology for a set of phonological con- straints on vowel interactions in Basque against corpus data (Hualde and Gaminde 1998, Euskararen Herri Hizkeren Atlasa, ‘The Basque Dialectological Atlas’) with the help of OT-Help 2.0 (Staubs et al. 2010), a specialized software that calculates factorial typolo- gies. The formal analysis developed to account for different patterns of vowel interactions in Basque, including those patterns displaying phonological opacity, implements Element Theory (Backley 2011) in Turbidity Theory (Goldrick 2001, Van Oostendorp 2008). The proposed analysis has the virtue of predicting all attested patterns of a specific type of vowel interactions in Basque and excluding the unattested patterns.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIsogloss. A journal on variation of Romance and Iberian languages
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Micro-variation
  • Phonology
  • Basque
  • Optimality Theory
  • Element Theory
  • Turbidity Theory


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