On Silent Markedness

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Empty categories – positions in phonological representations that have no direct phonetic counterpart – are (still) controversial in phonological theory. In this paper we give the main arguments for assuming such positions and we furthermore establish a markedness hierarchy for empty positions: some of them are stronger (‘more marked’) than others, and we can derive this from a combination of Element Theory and Turbidity Theory. We illustrate our point with Italian and Dutch dialects, and point out that the phonological hierarchy of empty positions may correspond to a hierarchy of syntactic positions
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelBeyond Markedness in Formal Phonology
RedacteurenBridget Samuels
Plaats van productieAmsterdam
UitgeverijJohn Benjamins Publishing
StatusGepubliceerd - 01 nov 2017

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    Van Oostendorp, M. (2017). On Silent Markedness. In B. Samuels (editor), Beyond Markedness in Formal Phonology (blz. 101-120). John Benjamins Publishing.