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Title:Strength in Harmony Systems: Trigger and Directional Asymmetries
Authors:Kevin Mullin
Abstract:This paper proposes an account of harmony systems that have asymmetries in directional spreading, directional blocking, directional bounds, and trigger strength. I show that adopting a derivational version of Optimality Theory with weighted constraints – Serial Harmonic Grammar – as the analytic framework can successfully generate these systems in a general way without relying on problematic Local Constraint Conjunction. Additionally, building on earlier work, the serial nature of the grammar is used in order to prevent predictions of implausible typological pathologies found in existing parallel Optimality Theory and Harmonic Grammar analyses. Small typologies generated by this grammar are presented, and a complex test case from Chilcotin is examined.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Phonology,Formal Analysis
Article:Version 1