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Chapter 8: Possible answers to Study Questions

3. Compare and contrast sandhi rules and those of generative phonology. The Sandhi rules seem be morphophonemic rules that operate on the sequences of phonemes that make up the pieces of a word that undergoes inflection, explaining shifts in phonemes at such positions -- this could be the result of assimilation or fusion. Generative phonology discounts the existance of a phonemic level of grammar, and thus eliminates the entire transitional area of morphophonemics, subsuming the phonemic alternations into phonology. This means that, while the morphophonemic Sandhi rules apply case-by-case, generative phonology must come up with rules that apply across all cases, relegating any exceptions to morphology as irregularities.

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