Revisiting the Lookahead Effect in Mbe Reduplication

Kuo-Chiao Lin


Due to its inherent nature of gradualness, Serial Template Satisfaction (STS, McCarthy et al. 2012) does not predict the existence of derivational lookahead, which is admitted by Base-Reduplicant (BR) Correspondence Theory (McCarthy & Prince 1995). In this regard, Wei & Walker (2020) show that STS cannot tackle the lookahead pattern in Mbe reduplication, where the amount of material copied is predetermined by a subsequent phonological change. This paper, however, offers an STS solution to resolve the derivational lookahead problem in Mbe.  


reduplication, Serial Template Satisfaction, Harmonic Serialism, Optimality Theory

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