About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut für Linguistik, University of Leipzig, Germany. Prior to that, I was part of the DFG funded IGRA graduate programme (Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks).

In my dissertation, entitled Coalescence without Coalescence, I developed an analysis of phonological coalescence in the framework of Extended Stratal Containment. I showed that coalescence need not be viewed as genuine fusion of two elements but rather can be decomposed into two simpler autosegmental operations of i) delinking two associated elements and (ii) adding new association lines between unassociated elements. I identified three different sub-types of coalescence and argued that these differ in terms of the constraints that trigger the component operations that together produce the effect of fusion.

Research interests

  • Phonological coalescence
  • Types of interaction between phonological processes (the focus of my MA Thesis) and phonological opacity
  • Genitive of negation in Polish
Joanna Zaleska