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Interpreting the Forms czyta and czytaj in the Polish Conjugational System
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A discussion of how to derive the Polish forms czyta and czytaj, using the Jakobsonian one-stem verb system. Since the forms both appear to have the same stem (czytaj-) and ending (zero), linguists have struggled with the derivation of the two separate forms. The proposed solution is to treat imperatives as having both an internal and external word-final boundary, as evidence by devoicing phenomena. This boundary conditions the different forms in question.

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The Enigma of the Polish form król and Jakobson’s Explanation of Slavic *tort forms
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Discusses the problematic issue of length reflexes in the o vowel of Polish *tort forms. Jakobson had assumed that the vowel o was a generalization of shortness, but this cannot explain the form król. Andersen’s theory of the relative chronology of short a > o is presented, along with a new proposal for a variable treatment of long o either as a single segment or a sequence of two shorts, accounting for the different *tort reflexes in Lekhitic-Sorbian and East Slavic.

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Jakobson’s Remarks on the Evolution of Russian and the Slavic Languages
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Analyzes the methodology of Jakobson’s pioneering 1929 book on historical linguistics. Introduces Jakobson’s principles of compatible and incompatible features (such as tonal accent, intensity accent, and vowel quantity). The paper then presents the historical implications of incompatible feature coexistence, resulting from phonological change, as exemplified by the various Slavic language zones after the loss of final jer vowels.

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