Metathesis in Moroccan Arabic: Optimality-theoretic account


January 25, 2023


This paper aims to examine the phonological process of metathesis occurring in MA. The article provides preliminary observations and analysis within Optimality Theory and the rule-based approach. Notably, this paper aims to analyse and unveil the constraint interactions responsible for the consonantal sequence alteration occurring in MA. After presenting the MA data, an optimality-theoretical analysis is developed for further scrutiny. The results have highlighted that the SyllCon constraint is an undominated constraint and motivating force behind the metathesis process in MA.