Chapter published in:Approaches to Hungarian: Volume 15: Papers from the 2015 Leiden Conference
Edited by Harry van der Hulst and Anikó Lipták
[Approaches to Hungarian 15] 2017
► pp. 239–251
*VV in Hungarian
In Hungarian, suffixation derives robust instances of heteromorphemic vowel sequences (V1+V2). This work reports on an investigation of the facts (as culled, inter alia, from traditional grammars; Kenesei et al. 1998; Siptár & Törkenczy 2000; Siptár 2008) and provides analyses for the data within the framework of Optimality Theory. It brings together a conspiratorial web of mechanisms to respect a *VV constraint: V1 deletion; V2 deletion; suffix allomorphy. Exceptional cases are treated in terms of constraint reranking (Gouskova 2013). The main finding is that the story of vowel sequences across suffixes, not well studied in the phonological literature, as told from the perspective of Hungarian, provides strong support for Casali’s (1997, 1998, 2011) model of hiatus resolution.
Keywords: allomorphy, constraint reranking, exceptionality, hiatus, Hungarian, optimality theory, positional faithfulness, vowel deletion
Published online: 24 August 2017
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