Kie Zuraw and Kevin Ryan


Frequency effects may operate differently within words than across word boundaries. This talk examines in detail some optional phonological alternations within a corpus of Tagalog. Some alternations appear highly lexicalized, with most words' pronunciations being fixed - in word+clitic combinations, unsurprisingly, there seems to be little lexicalization, with most items displaying variation. Both within and across words, however, frequency and other distributional factors play a role in determining whether alternations apply. This talk explores the degree to which behavior of individual items - including within/across-word differences - can be predicted by models of lexical access.

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