University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics


This paper discusses an apparent synchronic case of homophony avoidance in the Trigrad dialect of Bulgarian. Section 2 lays out the facts and summarizes Crosswhite’s (1997) OT-based solution to the aberrant phonology. Section 3 discusses various problems with Crosswhite’s proposal while section 4 offers a different perspective on homophony and its position both synchronically and diachronically adopting Labov’s (1994) Facultative Model.