Sedigheh Moradi

Stony Brook University
Talk Title: 
Non - canonical Epenthesis
Event Type: 
Brown Bag Talk
Fall 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 1:00 pm
SBS S-207 (Linguistics Seminar Room)


Traditionally, epenthesis is said to occur when a language discourages vowel hiatus or consonant clusters, and for that matter a consonant or a vowel may be inserted at the beginning, ending or within a word. Epenthetic segments lack input counterparts, and in that sense they are different from other phonological input-output pairs. Epenthetic quality is usually claimed to be minimally marked or default and subject to contextual coloring to varying degrees. However, there are cases across languages where the epenthetic segment’s quality in certain contexts may be different from the default epenthetic segment and therefore cannot be accounted for phonologically; this is what I call noncanonical epenthesis. In this Brown Bag talk, I use epenthetic data from Arabic, Hungarian, Mohawk, Persian, and Romance languages with two or more epenthetic segments, and try to show that the conditioning factor in these cases are morphological.