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date: 31 May 2020

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This article describes the morphology–phonology interface in the context of a theory of Sign-Based Morphology. It specifically develops Paradigmatic Sign-Based Morphology (PSBM). PSBM handles morphological relatedness effects by imposing grammatical relations that hold between certain morphologically related forms. A discussion of signs in PSBM model is presented, after which the organization of the morphological component of a sign-based grammar is given. Next, the emergence of cyclic phonological effects from paradigmatic constraints is shown. The article then addresses a wide range of phenomena that pose problems to the paradigmatic-correspondence approach. It proposes modifications to the approach that the challenges necessitate and demonstrates how PSBM incorporates those necessary modifications. The article illustrates that apparent cyclic and noncyclic effects may coexist in a language. It also reveals that paradigmatic effects are not restricted to paradigm uniformity.

Keywords: morphology–phonology interface, PSBM, paradigmatic-correspondence approach, language, paradigm uniformity, sign-based grammar

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