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Infixation without Movement: an Explanation of the Edge Bias Effect

  title={Infixation without Movement: an Explanation of the Edge Bias Effect},
  author={Alan C. L. Yu},
  • Alan C. L. Yu
  • Published 2004
  • A survey of 141 infixation patterns from more than 100 languages revealed that infixes invariably appear near the one of the edges of a stem or next to a stressed unit. However, more than 126 cases of these infixes (i.e. 91%) are edge-oriented. This asymmetric distribution of infixes is referred to as the Edge Bias Effect. Recent work in OT attempts to explain this edge bias in terms of the Displacement Theory (e.g., McCarthy and Prince 1993ab), which views edge-oriented infixes as underlyingly… CONTINUE READING


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