ERIC Number: ED105738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Le cas de l'effacement facultatif du schwa en francais: Quelques implications theoriques (The Case of Optional Dropping of the Schwa in French: Some Theoretical Implications); Montreal Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 1.
This paper attempts to show that traditional generative phonology as formulated by Chomsky and Halle (1968) fails to account for the optional dropping of the schwa in French, and attempts to formulate a theory which can account for this phenomenon. The crucial factor governing the schwa-dropping process is the number of consonants preceding the schwa. Another constraint is the fact that the schwa cannot be dropped in two contiguous syllables. It is concluded that a global derivational constraint is required to explain the phenomenon within the theoretical framework proposed by Chomsky and Halle, which postulates a principle of simultaneous application of rules. The preferred solution postulates that the process of optional dropping of the schwa in French is applied in iterative sequence from left to right. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montreal Univ. (Quebec).; Quebec Univ., Montreal.; McGill Univ., Montreal (Quebec).
Note: In French