Nonlinear phonology of a Moroccan Arabic dialect
Ph.D. Dissertation, 1997
This study is primarily concerned with the phonology of one Moroccan
Arabic dialect, spoken in and around Sefrou in the centre of Morocco.
The main goal of this dissertation is to describe several aspects of the
phonology and morphology of Moroccan Arabic in terms of autosegmental
phonology. The main body of the dissertation is divided into five chapters.
Chapter one outlines the framework of nonlinear phonology with some of
its subcomponents in which this study is undertaken, and gives a brief
description of the dialect under investigation. Chapter two analyzes various
assimilatory processes that target mainly coronal consonants (e.g. definite
article assimilation, prefix /t-/ voicing assimilation, coronal sonorant
assimilation, and long-distance assimilation of fricatives). It also examines
the process of labialization. Chapter three gives an acoustic correlation
of pharyngealization on vowels and examines the domain of pharyngealization
spread within the word with the aim of establishing whether the domain
of pharyngealization spread is morphologically determined or phonologically
determined. In chapter four, two morphological operations are examined
(the diminutive formation and one of the broken plural patterns), following
McCarthy's insight (1979, 1981) and McCarthy and Prince (1990) among others.
Both these morphological operations are based on the stem mapped onto
an underlying template /C$/sb[/rm I]$ u C$/sb2$ i C$/sb3/ /partial$ C$/sb[/rm
F]/$ (for the diminutive) and /C$/sb[/rm I]$ C$/sb2$ a C$/sb3/ /partial$
C$/sb[/rm F]/$ (for the broken plural). Chapter five summarizes the findings
of the study.
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