Dutch Reduction Domains: Between Syllables and Feet

Aleksei Nazarov

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This paper proposes that Dutch has a separate prosodic domain that encodes the difference between reduced and unreduced vowels: the Reduction Domain (see also van der Hulst & Moortgat 1980 for a similar proposal). This proposal is supported by evidence from morphotactics and vowel reduction. I argue that Reduction Domains allow for a superior account of the morphotactics of underived verb and adjective stems in Dutch (Trommelen 1989). I also show how the Reduction Domain yields an alternative account of restrictions on (optional) vowel reduction in Dutch (Kager 1989; van Oostendorp 1995). While this approach performs equally well on the basic facts of Dutch vowel reduction as Martínez-Paricio (2013), the Reduction Domain approach makes testable predictions both for Dutch and for phonological typology, distinct from those made by Martínez-Paricio (2013). Thus, the Reduction Domain forms an interesting case for potential addition to the Prosodic Hierarchy, whether as a language-universal representational unit, or as a representational unit specific to certain languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 Annual Meeting on Phonology
EditorsAdam Albright, Michelle Fullwood
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherLinguistic Society of America
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2014 Annual Meeting on Phonology
PublisherLinguistics Society of America
ISSN (Electronic)2377-3324


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