Allomorph Selection in Vedic Sanskrit Perfects of the Form Cie:Cj-

Ryan Sandell


A pattern of radical allomorphy in a category of reduplicated formations in Vedic Sanskrit is argued to occur predictably on the basis of poorly-cued repetition effects combined with bigram phonotactics. This pattern of allomorphy is further argued to be a kind of phonologically conditioned suppletive allomorphy, in which markedness constraints adjudicate the selection of competing URs, rather than a case of typical phonologically driven allomorphy.


Reduplication;Sanskrit;Allomorphy;Optimality Theory;Maximum Entropy;

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