Syllable count and Tzeltal segmental allomorphy
Walsh Dickey, L.
Syllable count and Tzeltal segmental allomorphy. In J. Rennison, & K. Kühnhammer (Eds.
), Phonologica 1996. Proceedings of the 8th International Phonology Meeting
(pp. 323-334). Holland Academic Graphics.
Tzeltal, a Mayan language spoken in southern Mexico, exhibits allo-morphy of an unusual type. The vowel quality of the perfective suffix is determined by the number of syllables in the stem to which it is attaching. This paper presents previously unpublished data of this allomorphy and demonstrates that a syllable-count analysis of the phenomenon is the proper one. This finding is put in a more general context of segment-prosody interaction in allomorphy.