This paper looks at –(e)k and –ka suffixed Czech diminutives of proper names in the framework of Optimality Theory (McCarthy and Prince 1993, Kager 1998) and shows that quantity contrasts, once phonologically motivated, have been reanalyzed as subject to Output–Output evaluation (Benua 1997), and specifically to Base–Truncation correspondence.
In the creation of primary diminutives from common and proper nouns, e.g.
These derivations are analyzed as a special case of phonology–morphology interaction in which both, the absence of lengthening in primary hypocoristics and the inexplicable shortening of stem vowels in some secondary derivations, are shown to be due to an Output–Output correspondence of a special type, Base–Truncation. This provides support for the theoretical position that the phonology–morphology interface in the grammar of Czech requires a mechanism for enforcing faithful correspondence between morphemes/words, in addition to a faithfulness constraint in the usual input–output evaluation of candidate sets.
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