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The cat stalked ?wilily around the house: Morphological dissimilation in deadjectival adverbs

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lauren AckermanORCiD



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The adverbial suffix -ly₁ and the adjectival suffix -ly₂ typically do not combine (e.g., *ghost+ly₂+ly₁; 'in a ghostlike manner'). However, phonologically similar strings are attested when one /li/ string is part of the word stem (jollily, compared to: ?smellily, *lovelily). Does morphological structure modulate the acceptability of these words independently from the impact of phonological or usage-based constraints? In two experiments, jolly-type stems are rated more acceptable than smell- and love-type stems, which did not significantly differ from each other. A combination of phonological constraints and increased morphological complexity can account for the observed pattern.

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Author(s): Ackerman LM, Drake S

Editor(s): Farrell Patrick

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting

Year of Conference: 2018

Pages: 16:1-10

Online publication date: 03/03/2018

Acceptance date: 03/03/2018

Date deposited: 04/03/2018

ISSN: 2473-8689

Publisher: Linguistic Society of America


DOI: 10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4297

Series Title: Linguistic Society of America Proceedings