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(South-)East Asian languages often force highly restricted word-structures, leading standard Government Phonology (sGP) to the useful, though problematic, Han-template (regular/augmented) (Beijing Mandarin (Goh 1996), Thai (Denwood 1999), Hongkui To (Xu 2001), and Vietnamese (Ulfsbjorninn 2008b)). We replace it with an obligatory c-command relationship between nuclear heads (xN1, xN2), resulting in xO2 being obligatorily c-commanded by xN1 (*V:C). In contrast, the augmented Han-template has obligatory c++2-command, hence, xO2 is not obligatorily c-commanded by xN1 (V:C). Concomitantly, *V:C (unlike V:C) languages prohibit I/U in xO2. In sGP no non-arbitrary link can be suggested; in GP 2.0, it emerges from micro-parametric c-command-conditions acting on word-structure.

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Segment–zero alternations in Galician definite article allomorphy

Floating consonants at the left-edge of morphemes

Acta Linguistica Academica
Author: Shanti Ulfsbjorninn


Galician presents an intriguing case of opaque phonologically-conditioned definite article allomorphy (PCA). Though Galician features in the general literature on PCA (Nevins 2011), there is a surprising lack of synchronic theoretical discussion of this specific pattern. The data appears to require allomorph selection arranged in a system of Priority (Mascaró 2005; Bonet et al. 2003; 2007). The pattern involves opaque segment ‘deletion’ and resyllabification, where segment deletion counterbleeds allomorph insertion along with morphologically-specific segmental changes. A Strict CV representational reanalysis is proposed in which there is no true allomorphy (no selection between competing underlying morphemes). All the forms are generated from a single underlying form, thereby undercutting PRIORITY.

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Acta Linguistica Academica
Authors: Katalin Balogné Bérces and Shanti Ulfsbjorninn

The papers in the present collection have arisen from two instances of international collaboration. The first one happened in 2017, when a group of researchers working on aspects of phonological representation gathered in Budapest for that year’s edition of the Government Phonology Round Table. 1 The atmosphere was relaxed, the debates fruitful, and the participants agreed that a volume should address relevant issues, some of which were presented at the event, and some others that emerged during followup discussions.

The other case of international collaboration and cooperation came with the editing of the volume itself, when the

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