Vol. 10 No. 2 (2008): Ile, îlot, presque-île

The morphology of Romanian palatalization

Melinda Dézsi
Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Published 01-12-2008


  • Romanian,
  • palatalization,
  • palatalized consonants,
  • affixation,
  • morphology

How to Cite

Dézsi, M. (2008). The morphology of Romanian palatalization. Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 10(2), 437–448. https://doi.org/10.1556/Verb.10.2008.2.11


In this paper, I will argue that the asyllabic /i/ - a recurrent inflectional element in final position in Romanian words - is not a phoneme of the Romanian vowel system. I will present arguments which sustain that the morphological marker -i leads to the palatalization of the preceding consonant, resulting in a positional allophone of the consonant phoneme in complementary distribution with it.