Attraction to the Unmarked in Old Spanish Leveling

  title={Attraction to the Unmarked in Old Spanish Leveling},
  author={R G E Morris},
Leveling is a mechanism that restores or imposes uniformity on paradigms, thereby upholding the principle “one meaning one form” (Humboldt’s Universal). In a set of inflectionally-related forms, the shared element is the verb stem, whose meaning is constant across all forms. The principle of onemeaning-one-form is contravened whenever a stem alternation arises as the result of a phonological process that is conditioned in some of the forms but not others, and a common solution to this mismatch… CONTINUE READING