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Gastvortrag: Morphophonological complexity in Amuzgo plural formation and typological implications for Amuzgoan languages

Wann 17.07.2018 ab 12:15 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo Dorotheenstr. 24, Raum 1.401

 

Bien DOBUI, Université Paris-Sorbonne

 

In Otomanguean typology, the CVCV couplet is most often preferred in lexical roots (Mak and Longacre, 1960). In Amuzgo, an active tendency that reduces non-tonic syllables toward monosyllabic lexical roots delineates this language group even from its Mixtec and Zapotec sister languages (also Otomanguean of the Eastern branch). This tendency has an important role in phonological constraints that are especially put to the test in fusional inflection marking. Different strategies, like allomorphy and phonological alternations on the root are employed to satisfy phonotactic well-formedness often driven by syllable reduction. This often results in the appearance of suppletion between roots and their inflected forms.

In this presentation, I will look at plural markers and consider the different strategies to achieve surface well-formedness, driven in part by this particular phenomenon of syllable reduction. I will also examine how this makes Amuzgo stand out typologically in its local group and also contributes to its reputation as being a complex language.