Chapter published in:Beyond Markedness in Formal Phonology
Edited by Bridget D. Samuels
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 241] 2017
► pp. 101–120
On silent markedness
Empty categories – positions in phonological representations that have no direct phonetic counterpart – are (still) controversial in phonological theory. In this paper we give the main arguments for assuming such positions and we furthermore establish a markedness hierarchy for empty positions: some of them are stronger (‘more marked’) than others, and we can derive this from a combination of Element Theory and Turbidity Theory. We illustrate our point with Italian and Dutch dialects, and point out that the phonological hierarchy of empty positions may correspond to a hierarchy of syntactic positions.
Keywords: emptiness, Turbidity Theory, Element Theory, Dutch dialects, Italian dialects, morphosyntax-phonology interface, phonology-phonetics interface
Published online: 16 November 2017
Bendjaballah, Sabrina & Haiden, Martin
Cinque, Guglielmo & Rizzi, Luigi
Fox, Danny & Lasnik, Howard
Goeman, A. C. M.
Halle, Morris & Marantz, Alec
van der Hulst, Harry G.
Katz, Jerrold J. & Postal, Paul M.
Kaye Jonathan, Lowenstamm, Jean & Vergnaud, Jean Roger
Lohndal, Terje & Samuels, Bridget
Maffei Bellucci, Patrizia
van Oostendorp, Marc
Pöchtrager, Markus A.
Sigurðsson, Halldór Á.
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