Alderete and Kochetov 2017: Integrating sound symbolism with core grammar

Integrating sound symbolism with core grammar: The case of expressive palatalization John Alderete Alexei Kochetov Abstract: Fifty cases of sound-symbolic expressive palatalization were collected in a typological survey of babytalk registers, diminutive constructions, and other sound symbolic systems. Analysis of the typological trends and language-particular examples reveals important differences between expressive palatalization and phonologically motivated… Read more »

Alderete & Finley 2016: Gradient Vowel Harmony in Oceanic

Gradient vowel harmony in Oceanic John Alderete, Sara Finley Abstract: This article contributes to the understanding of gradient phonological patterns by investigating graded vowel co-occurrence in Oceanic languages. In particular, vowel co-occurrence patterns in disyllabic stems are investigated in four languages: Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian, and Fijian, as well as reconstructed forms in Proto-Oceanic and Proto-Malayo-Polynesian…. Read more »

Alderete et al. 2015: Tashlhiyt Berber grammar synopsis

Tashlhiyt Berber grammar synopsis John Alderete, Abdelkrim Jebbour, Bouchra Kachoub, Holly Wilbee Abstract: This synopsis provides a skeletal summary of the main linguistic structures of Tashlhiyt Berber, cross-referenced with the relevant literature. This synopsis is mostly used for internal consistency with our own research projects, but other researchers may find it useful as a reference on Berber linguistics. Keywords: Tashlhiyt,… Read more »

Alderete & MacMillan 2015: Reduplication in Hawaiian

Reduplication in Hawaiian: Variations on a theme of minimal word John Alderete, Kayleigh MacMillan Abstract: The article explores a database of over 1600 reduplicated words in Hawaiian and gives the first comprehensive account of the empirical generalizations concerning reduplicant form and associated vowel length alternations. We argue that the observed output patterns and length alternations can be cogently… Read more »

Blenkiron & Alderete 2015: Reduplication in Rotuman

Reduplication in Rotuman: A curious case of emergent unmarkedness Amber Blenkiron, John Alderete Abstract: This article gives a comprehensive analysis of reduplication in Rotuman (Oceanic). The main reduplication shape is a heavy syllable prefix (e.g., CVC-, CVV-), which we document with a list of 847 reduplicated words and native speaker elicitation. We argue that the… Read more »

Kochetov & Alderete 2011: Expressive palatalization

Patterns and scales of expressive palatalization: Experimental evidence from Japanese Alexei Kochetov, John Alderete Abstract: This paper argues for the existence of expressive palatalization (E-Pal) – a phonologically unmotivated process that applies in sound symbolism, diminutive constructions, and babytalk registers. E-Pal is proposed to be grounded in iconic sound-meaning associations exploiting acoustic properties of palatalized consonants, and thus is inherently… Read more »

Crosswhite et al. 2003: Russian stress experiment

Morphological effects on default stress placement in novel Russian words Katherine Crosswhite, John Alderete, Tim Beasley, Vita Markman Abstract: This article presents the results of a nonce-probe experiment conducted with 13 native speakers of Russian and examines the implications of these results for the linguistic analysis of Russian stress. Experimental items were novel words that ended in a sequence… Read more »

Alderete 2005: Tahltan tone and length

On tone and length in Tahltan (Northern Athabaskan) John Alderete Keywords: tone, length, Tahltan, Athabaskan, tonogenesis, vowel constriction, low-marked tone, historical sources of length Downloads:  PDF of article, data supplement1 supplement2 Full citation: 2005. John Alderete. On tone and length in Tahltan (Northern Athabaskan). In Sharon Hargus & Keren Rice (eds.), Athabaskan prosody, pp. 185-207. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Alderete 2003: Navajo word domains

Structural disparities in Navajo word domains: A case for lex-cat faithfulness John Alderete Abstract: This article gives a comprehensive analysis of the phonology of Navajo verbs in Optimality Theory based on the leading ideas of Positional Faithfulness (PF) Theory (Beckman 1998). In particular, faithfulness constraints are segregated according to whether they target lexical or functional categories in the morphosyntax,… Read more »

Alderete & Kochetov 2009: Japanese mimetic palatalization revisited …

Japanese mimetic palatalization revisited: implications for conflicting directionality John Alderete, Alexei Kochetov Abstract: This article re-examines ‘conflicting directionality ’ in Japanese mimetic words, a distributional pattern in which palatalisation is preferentially realised on the rightmost of two coronal consonants, but on the leftmost consonant in a word without coronals. Analysis of the original dictionary evidence given in support of this… Read more »