Syllable structure and lexical markedness in Creole morphophonology: Determiner allomorphy in Haitian and elsewhere

  title={Syllable structure and lexical markedness in Creole morphophonology: Determiner allomorphy in Haitian and elsewhere},
  author={Thomas B. Klein},
The postposed definite determiner (DET) in French-lexified Antillean Creoles such as Haitian and St. Lucian displays an unexpected pattern of allomorphy. Its C-initial form la appears after consonantand glide-final stems (pitit la 'the child') whereas a vocoid-initial form appears after stems ending in vowels. Glides are inserted after non-low vowels (rua 'the wheel'), but a is used after low vowels resulting in vowel hiatus as in papa a 'the father'. Syllable markedness as conceived of in… 

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