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PDF File Thesis: Catalan Phonology and the Phonological Cycle. The analysis of the phonological structure of Catalan leads to a reexamination of the Phonological cycle, and a more general and precise formulation, which centers on the notion “proper cyclic application” is proposed. Cyclic rules are allowed to apply only if their structural description makes use of specific information introduced by virtue of its cycle. This formulation is shown to cover correctly the earlier versions of the Strict Cycle Condition and the Alternation Condition (Chomsky (1973), Kean (197h), Kiparsky (197h)), as well as other phenomena of Catalan.