Instructions: For this assignment, you will be writing a short paper that

For this assignment, you will be writing a short paper that presents an analysis of the data from four Western Austronesian languages (given on the following page).
A few points to help you with your analysis:
In each set of data, the first column indicates the UR of the base that the infix attaches to, and the second column indicates the SR of the infixed form. Assume the UR of the infix is /m/ for all four languages and that it is inserted after the first consonant in the base.
For each language, the data is divided into two sets: (a) and (b). Notice that for each language, the data in (a) behave differently from the data in (b) when it comes to the infix. One of your goals for this assignment is to explain what the difference is between these two sets of data, and to explain their different behaviour.
Additionally, when you consider the full set of languages:
What is particular to each language with respect to the infix?
What is similar with respect to all of the languages with respect to infixation?
One of your goals is to come up with one or more relevant (markedness and faithfulness) constraints that help explain what is going on in each language.
Assignment format:
Your assignment should be written in the form of a paper. This means, it should have a title, an introduction, and a conclusion. A reasonable length would be approximately three pages single-spaced.
It should be organized into meaningful sections. (You will probably find it easiest to organize the paper by language, but you could also choose to organize it by phenomenon.) If you choose to organize your paper by language, you should end your paper with a “Discussion” section in which you compare the four languages and discuss their differences and similarities.
Your goal for this assignment is to explain/describe in words what is happening in the data and to propose a phonological explanation for any alternations. You should name and describe constraints that explain the patterns, but you do not need to do a formal analysis with OT tableaux.
Western Austronesian languages
Sarangani Blaan (Philippines)
(1) a. tiis tmiis
saloʔ smaloʔ
kɔʔɔn kmɔʔɔn
dado dmado
b. bunal munal
Timugon Murut (Indonesia)
(2) a. tuun tumuun
gajo gumajo
b. patoj matoj
bigod migod
Kulalao Piiwan (Taiwan)
(3) a. tulək tmulәk
sapuj smapuj
kan kman
dәt dmәt
gudәm gmudәm
b. pili pnili
burәs bnurәs
Tjuabar Paiwan (Taiwan)
(4) a. tәkәɭ təməkəɭ
kan kəman
giriŋ gəmiriŋ
b. pajsu pənajsu
təvәɭa tәnәvәɭa
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