The Spanish lexicon stores stems with theme vowels, not roots with inflectional class features

@article{BermdezOtero2013TheSL,
  title={The Spanish lexicon stores stems with theme vowels, not roots with inflectional class features},
  author={Ricardo Berm{\'u}dez-Otero},
  journal={Probus},
  year={2013},
  volume={25},
  pages={103 - 3}
}
Abstract The choice of theme vowels in Spanish nouns and adjectives can be predicted neither from the phonological shape of roots nor from syntactic features like gender. However, this state of affairs does not require the postulation of inflectional class features. The alternative is for the Spanish lexicon to store stems with their theme vowels, instead of roots annotated with declension diacritics; default generalizations over the lexical entries of stems can be expressed by means of lexical… Expand
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