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Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2008, Vol. 39, No. 4, Pages 589-614
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2008.39.4.589)
© 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Evidence for Morphoprosodic Alignment in Reduplication
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Morphoprosodic Alignment (MPA) is a nontemplatic model of reduplication designed to account for languages with multiple reduplicative subpatterns. The premise of MPA is that reduplicative morphemes can be stem-internal or stem-external and that this distinction is visible to the phonological component through general constraints on the association of stem-internal and stem-external morphemes to prosodic categories. I illustrate the model with Moronene, Klamath, and Gooniyandi, each of which has several reduplicative morphemes. MPA meets the challenge for an optimality-theoretic model to account for such systems without resorting to morpheme-specific indexed constraints or cophonological constraint hierarchies.