The present study aims to explain the phonology-morphology interface and phonological processes without referring to extra-phonological objects. We develop a new model of constituent structure based on templates, by which specific morphological categories such as base (root/stem), prefix and suffix become visible in the phonology component: a base is recognizable by its unique constituent structure and is thereby distinguishable from a suffix and/or prefix, each having its own specific constituent structure in phonology. These unique constituent structures are called templates, thanks to which phonological processes and the phonology-morphology interface are non-arbitrarily explainable.
The New Template Model works with licensing mechanisms and the parameters/sub-parameters occurring under the Parametric Hierarchical System. The model explains the phonology-morphology interface in the case of Turkish, which provides a rich data source regarding phonological processes as it is an agglutinative language with a high degree of suffixation, and also in other languages.
This book is of interest to phonologists and morphologists interested in Turkish phonology and in the way in which phonology and morphology interact in languages of the world.