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Lucas, Christopher and Spagnol, Michael (2022) 'Nunation from Arabic to Maltese.' In: Turek, Przemyslaw and Nintemann, Julia, (eds.), Maltese: Contemporary Changes and Historical Innovations. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 47-80. (Studia Typologica [STTYP], vol. 30)

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Abstract

This article discusses Maltese words containing an innovative final /n/, arguing that /n/ addition is motivated by speakers’ expectation that lexical items resemble prototypical Maltese phonological words. /n/ is added to items that deviate from this prototype in containing a word-final stressed open syllable. Syllable closure through consonant addition eliminates this deviation. /n/ is the consonant chosen because of its pre-existing alternation with zero wordfinally. Discussion of the details of this process and the items it does (not) affect sheds light on the history of Arabic and Maltese, as well as on the nature of irregular phonological change in general.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISBN: 9783110783766
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Turek, Przemyslaw and Nintemann, Julia, (eds.), Maltese: Contemporary Changes and Historical Innovations. Berlin: De Gruyer Mouton, 2022, pp. 47-80 https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110783834-003 Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110783834-003
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 14:46
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/36815
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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