An Output-Output analysis of German i-truncations

Katharina S Schuhmann


This paper argues for an Output-Output-analysis of i-truncations in German and shows that Sympathy Theory is not necessary to analyze German i-truncations (contra Ito & Mester 1997). I further argue that German i-truncations and reduplications are not the same phenomenon (contra Wiese 2001), although i-truncations and reduplicated forms in German (such as lari-fari, ‘nonsense’) both have an /i/-morpheme. The crucial restrictions on word-medial consonant sequences in German i-truncations can be explained with the syllable contact principle (“SyllCont”), the requirement for nasal-consonant sequences to be homorganic (“NasCodaCond”) (Féry 1997), and a prohibition of complex margins in unstressed syllables (“PrefLaw” & “NoComplMargins”).

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