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Lexicon and syntax in Korean phonology

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Title:Lexicon and syntax in Korean phonology
Authors:Park, Duk-Soo
Keywords:Korean language -- Phonology
Korean language -- Syntax
Lexical phonology
Date Issued:1990
Abstract:This study is about the interplay between phonology and other two modules of grammar--morphology and syntax. The purpose of the study is to demonstrate that failures of some -fundamental assumptions in lexical phonology are inevitable in the description of morphology and phonology in Korean. For the description of Korean word-formation processes, the Stratum Ordering Hypothesis which maintains linear organization of lexical strata, is invalid, because it requires all conceivable combinations of loops. From the phonological aspect, violations of the Opacity Principle (Mohanan 1982) are unavoidable for the description of a wide range of phonological rules in Korean. Contrary to the local reference convention of the Opacity Principle, many lexical and postlexical rules in Korean require global reference to morphosyntactic configuration. The correlation between the directionality of word-internal or phrasal tree branching and the applicability of the rules in question exists. To the exclusion of phrasal coordinate structure, the rules apply only to left-branching structures, whereas they fail to apply to right-branching structures. The same fact is well described by the dependency condition which encompasses modifier-head and argument-head relationships. In relation to the interaction between morphosyntactic structure and ordering paradoxes, two pairs of phonological ru19s in Korean which display ordering paradoxes are examined. As opposed to the urm~t1vated separation of the rules in question as is the usual practice in linear ordering descriptions, I claim that the ordering paradoxes observed are predictable phenomena given the proper placement of syllabification. The late syllabification at the end of the phonological derivation of a word cycle is proposed to predict the ordering paradoxes.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1990.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 180-188)
xii, 188 leaves, bound ill. 29 cm
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