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Title:When diachrony meets synchrony. Phonological change, phonological variation and Optimal Paradigms
Authors:Claudia Pons-Moll
Comment:To appear in: Gunther De Vogelaer & Guido Seiler (ed.) Dialects as a testing ground for theories of language change. Studies in Language. Studies in language. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins
Abstract:This paper has three goals. First, it aims to illustrate how the problems derived from access to intricate diachronic empirical data can sometimes be informed by a careful look at interdialectal microvariation, in that this linguistic microvariation can sometimes help to explain why a phonological process applies or has applied. Second, it intends to show how some of the machineries developed within Optimality Theory to account for synchronic surface resemblances between the members of an inflectional paradigm can be applied to account for phonological change. Third, it attempts to demonstrate how the analysis of phonological change and linguistic variation in a specific linguistic variety and across nearby linguistic varieties can provide noteworthy insights about the architecture of these machineries.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1