Haplology


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Haplology

 

the dropping of one of two identical or similar consecutive syllables. For example, the suffix -ovat-, when attached to the stem rozov-, gives the adjective rozovatyi instead of the expected rozovovatyi.

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The comparative of helder 'clear' in (11b) is not helder with haplology of -er, but helderder (with a predictable insertion of [d], see Smith 1976).
It is unclear why these cases are not realized with haplology of the -er affix before -ster: forms such as *zang-ster 'singer-FEM', *dicht-ster 'poet-FEM' and onderwijs-ster 'teacher-FEM' are all ill-formed.
To this end we need to assume that there is haplology of affixes.
There is a local solution using haplology and prosodically conditioned spell-out.
Third, it is not clear in what situation haplology should apply.
Fourth, nonconcatenating homophonous elements cannot undergo haplology in Mandarin.
39) shows that haplology is obligatory only when the homophonous elements are adjacent.
Given the contrast among (37), (38), and (39), let us assume that adjacency is a prerequisite for haplology in Mandarin.
38) forbids haplology to take place when the adjacent elements are both lexical.
The major difference between haplology of functional morphemes and haplology of lexical morphemes is that less information is lost in the former case by virtue of the nature of functional morphemes: functional morphemes constitute closed classes and mark grammatical or relational features.
A prediction is that no languages that allow haplology of lexical morphemes disallow haplology of functional morphemes.
MORPH]] against omission or haplology in natural languages.