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Title:Prosodic Faithfulness and Correspondence
Authors:Junko Ito, Yoshihisa Kitagawa, Armin Mester
Comment:Superseded by ROA-146. 66 pp.
Abstract: Prosodic Faithfulness and Correspondence

ROA-99 (66pp.)


Junko Ito, Yoshihisa Kitagawa, & Armin Mester

UC Santa Cruz, Indiana Univ., & UC Santa Cruz




This paper develops a comprehensive optimality-theoretic analysis of a

Japanese reversing argot. Just as unmarked properties of a language

often assert themselves in reduplicative structures, the argot

exhibits the optimal (unmarked) prosodic structures of Japanese,

within the limits imposed by the game-specific reversal requirement.

The latter is defined in correspondence-theoretic terms, as cross-

anchoring, by a slight extension of anchoring constraints

characteristic of the normal phonological grammar. Under the pressure

of cross-anchoring and high-ranking prosodic form constraints, argot

formation distorts the base in the minimal way, otherwise echoing it

as faithfully as possible, where faithfulness is measured not only in

segmental and moraic units, but also in terms of foot-structural

roles. An important result of the study is that the notion of "minimal

distortion" operative in argot formation turns out to be none else but

the principle of minimal violation of a set of ranked constraints, the

fundamental tenet of Optimality Theory.

Type:Paper/tech report
Article:This article has been withdrawn.