The history of medial palatal affrication in Provenc?al as evidence for Western romance unity
Lyon, Kelli Michelle
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This thesis examines medial palatal affricates in Provengal in order to suggest an extensive Western Romance unity. This unity of French and Provenqal, coupled with the proposed alternative theory for medial palatal affrication, opposes traditional claims to the strong Germanic superstratum influence. The traditional explanation of affrication, based upon the occurrence of syncope, is used to support the notion that the Germanic languages played an important role in the development of the French language. The theory proposed here, that of yod-increment, discounts the importance of syncope and dispenses with the problematic use of analogy as an explanation for the exceptions produced by the traditional description of palatal affrication. The empirical data given demonstrate a regular, phonological approach to medial palatal affrication and provide a logical solution to the troublesome anomalies created by previous explanations.