Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

5. Serial Restrictions on Feature/Stress Interactions

Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

Robert Staubs [+-]
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Robert Staubs received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He specializes in phonological theory, learning, and models of typological frequency

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This paper discusses a solution to a pathological class of predictions found in parallel Optimality Theory. In these predicted languages, featural faithfulness and positional markedness conspire to create stress systems driven by arbitrary segmental features. This is possible even if the markedness constraints are for typologically motivated interactions such as sonority-driven stress and vowel reduction. The solution described here uses the gradual nature of derivations in Harmonic Serialism. Gradualism allows the determination of stress to be separated from featural changes in a way that avoids the pathology. To preserve descriptive adequacy on the full range of sonority effects, this solution requires an enriched representation of stress, supporting recursive notions of foot structure.

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Staubs, Robert. 5. Serial Restrictions on Feature/Stress Interactions. Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 155-175 Sep 2016. ISBN 9781845531492. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24943. Date accessed: 19 Dec 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24943. Sep 2016

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