Some functionally motivated rules in Tunisian phonology

  title={Some functionally motivated rules in Tunisian phonology},
  author={Hilary Wise},
  journal={Journal of Linguistics},
  pages={165 - 181}
  • H. Wise
  • Published 1 March 1983
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of Linguistics
This paper attempts to account for the existence of two phonological rules (consonant gemination and a type of metathesis) and for the suspension of a third (truncation), all of which occur in very limited grammatical environments. A close examination of these three cases suggests that we must recognize the possibility of phonetically unmotivated morphophonological rules, which can perhaps be explained in functionalist terms: the rules examined here appear to be designed essentially to preserve… 
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