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 »

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 »

Alderete 2001: Morphologically governed accent in OT

Morphologically governed accent in Optimality Theory [Revised doctoral dissertation] John Alderete This dissertation examines the influence of morphological factors on stress and pitch accent. Two basic types are recognized. In root-controlled accent, inherent accent in a root overrides inherent affix accent; as a result, affixal accent is only realized in words with unaccented roots. In affix-controlled accent, the… Read more »

Alderete 2001: dominance effects

Dominance effects as transderivational anti-faithfulness John Alderete Abstract: This paper presents a theory of morphophonology based on a development in the theory of faithfulness in Optimality Theory. A new constraint type, antifaithfulness, is proposed that evaluates a pair of related words and requires an alternation in the shared stem. This constraint type is motivated initially by a… Read more »