[Lingtyp] Apostrophe highlighting morphological information

Françoise Rose francoise.rose at univ-lyon2.fr
Mon Sep 14 06:57:51 UTC 2020

Dear Jeff,
could you please forward this answer to your colleague ?
For Mojeño Trinitario (Arawak, Bolivia), the apostrophe represents the glottal stop, in all possible positions: #"C, V'V, V'C but SOME authors use it also to signal one type of morpheme boundaries, between <t> and <y> because <ty> could be interpreted like the phoneme /c/ while the apostrophe, by showing the morpheme boundary, indicates that it is a sequence /tj/ (with t- being a prefix and j the initial consonant of the following root). Other authors use <-> instead, and still others leave this morpheme boundary unmarked, leaving the interpretation of /tj/ vs /c/ to the reader (on the basis of their knowledge of the lexicon).

Françoise ROSE
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I'm posting a question from a colleague in Germany:

do you know of any language where the apostrophe represents a glottal stop and where it highlights morphological information? that is, the apostrophe (the glottal stop) only occurs at word-initial or word-final position or at morpheme boundaries. it would be great if you could give me an example. unfortunately i could not find any in the literature. 

Grateful for any replies.


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