LOT Publications, Amsterdam, 2020
The present study aims to explain the phonology-morphology interface and phonological
processes without referring to extra-phonological objects. We develop a new model of
constituent structure based on templates, by which specific morphological categories such
as base (root/stem), prefix and suffix become visible in the phonology component: a base is
recognizable by its unique constituent structure and is thereby distinguishable from a suffix
and/or prefix, each having its own specific constituent structure in phonology. These unique
constituent structures are called templates, thanks to which phonological processes and the
phonology-morphology interface are non-arbitrarily explainable.
The New Template Model works with licensing mechanisms and the parameters/subparameters occurring under the Parametric Hierarchical System. The model explains the
phonology-morphology interface in the case of Turkish, which provides a rich data source
regarding phonological processes as it is an agglutinative language with a high degree of
suffixation, and also in other languages.
This book is of interest to phonologists and morphologists interested in Turkish phonology
and in the way in which phonology and morphology interact in languages of the world.