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Beware Occam’s Syntactic Razor: Morphotactic Analysis and Spanish Mesoclisis

Arregi, K; Nevins, A; (2018) Beware Occam’s Syntactic Razor: Morphotactic Analysis and Spanish Mesoclisis. Linguistic Inquiry , 49 (4) pp. 625-683. 10.1162/ling_a_00286. Green open access

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Abstract

Harris and Halle (2005) present a framework (hereafter, Generalized Reduplication) that unites the treatment of phonological reduplication and metathesis with similar phenomena in morphology, thereby accounting for the apparently spurious placement of the imperative plural -n in mesoclitic Spanish forms such as hága-lo-n ‘Do it!’, in which clitic lo is sandwiched between the verbal stem and the plural suffix. Subsequently, Kayne (2010) has challenged their analysis, arguing that such cases should be treated purely within the syntax. In this paper, we reassess some of Kayne’s arguments, agreeing with his conclusion that the most important desiderata of any general analysis of these sorts of phenomena is restrictiveness. However, we contend that greater restrictiveness can be achieved through morphotactic constraints and repairs in the Generalized Reduplication formalism, triggered by a Noninitiality condition on the positioning of the plural affix, and develop a set of conditions on these operations that situate the locus of interspeaker variation within the postsyntactic component.

Type: Article
Title: Beware Occam’s Syntactic Razor: Morphotactic Analysis and Spanish Mesoclisis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1162/ling_a_00286
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00286
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: displacement, doubling, imperatives, mesoclisis, morphotactics, Noninitiality, Spanish
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052328
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