Morpho-pragmatic Faithfulness Interacts with Phonological Markedness in Appalachian A-prefixing

@inproceedings{McQuaid2017MorphopragmaticFI,
  title={Morpho-pragmatic Faithfulness Interacts with Phonological Markedness in Appalachian A-prefixing},
  author={Goldie Ann McQuaid},
  year={2017}
}
This paper examines so-called a-prefixing in the speech of dialect speakers living in Appalachia. Building on existing empirical work, and leveraging results from a GoldVarb analysis, I posit the a-prefix realizes a morpho-pragmatic feature which expresses a range of related meanings, including surprise, unexpectedness, and newsworthiness. This range of… CONTINUE READING