The cat stalked ?wilily around the house: Morphological dissimilation in deadjectival adverbs
Keywords:Morphology, phonotactics, morphophonological constraints, wordlikeness, word formation
AbstractThe adverbial suffix -ly and the adjectival suffix -ly typically do not combine (e.g., *ghost+-ly+-ly 'in a ghostlike manner'). However, phonologically similar strings are attested when one /li/ string is part of the word stem (jollily, compared to: ?smellily, *lovelily). Does morphological structure modulate the acceptability of these words independently from the impact of phonological or usage-based constraints? In two experiments, jolly-type stems are rated more acceptable than smell- and love-type stems, which did not significantly differ from each other. A combination of phonological constraints and increased morphological complexity can account for the observed pattern.
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How to Cite
Ackerman, Lauren Marie, and Shiloh Drake. 2018. “The Cat Stalked ?Wilily Around the House: Morphological Dissimilation in Deadjectival Adverbs”. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 3 (1): 16:1-10. https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4297.