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Temiar Reduplication in One-Level Prosodic Morphology

By Markus Walther


Temiar reduplication is a difficult piece of prosodic morphology. This paper presents the first computational analysis of Temiar reduplication, using the novel finite-state approach of One-Level Prosodic Morphology originally developed by Walther (1999b, 2000). After reviewing both the data and the basic tenets of One-level Prosodic Morphology, the analysis is laid out in some detail, using the notation of the FSA Utilities finite-state toolkit (van Noord 1997). One important discovery is that in this approach one can easily define a regular expression operator which ambiguously scans a string in the left- or rightward direction for a certain prosodic property. This yields an elegant account of base-length-dependent triggering of reduplication as found in Temiar. 1 Introduction Temiar is an Austroasiatic language of the MonKhmer group spoken by a variety of tribal people in West Malaysia (Benjamin, 1976). Its intricate morphological system has received some attention in the theoretic..

Year: 2000
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