Tier is a level of representation where particular information is decoded.
McCarthy (1981) has argued that the representation of the Arabic form katab 'write, perfect active' consists of three independent tiers: (a) a tier where the root ktb 'write' is represented, (b) a tier where the inflectional morpheme a is represented, and (c) a tier where the binyam I information CVCVC is decoded (= CV tier). Another term is plane.
- Clements & Keyser 1983. CV-phonology: a generative theory of the syllable, MIT Press, Cambridge MA.
- Goldsmith 1976. Autosegmental phonology, PhD diss. MIT, Cambridge MA. Distributed by IULC, published by Garland Press, New York, 1979.
- Goldsmith, J. 1990. Autosegmental and Metrical Phonology, Blackwell, Oxford.
- McCarthy, J. 1981. A prosodic Theory of Nonconcatenative Morphology, Linguistic Inquiry 12, pp. 373-418
- Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory, Blackwell, Oxford.
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