Base-Identity and Uniform Exponence: Alternatives to Cyclicity

  title={Base-Identity and Uniform Exponence: Alternatives to Cyclicity},
  author={Michael J. Kenstowicz},
The stress contours and gross prosodic structure of compensation and condensation are identical; yet for certain dialects of English they mysteriously contrast their second syllables as schwa versus [I] despite the fact that these two vowels are largely in complementary distribution elsewhere. The mystery vanishes once the related words in (1b) are brought into the picture; here the two words contrast in familiar ways: condense has a full vowel under stress while the corresponding underlying /e… 

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