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Title:Modal-Dependence and Naturalness in Phonology: Confronting the Ontogenetic Question
Authors:Joe Collins
Comment:University of Tromsø Masters thesis
Abstract:This dissertation is an extended argument for a form of grounded phonology. The argument depends on confronting the ontogenetic question of phonology, that is, the question of how phonology grows and develops in the brain. A review of neuroscientific literature demonstrates that a modally-dependent phonology is far more biologically plausible. Additionally, linguistic analyses in an Optimality Theoretic framework demonstrate that a phonetically grounded phonology is still capable of explaining phonetically unnatural patterns in natural language.
Area/Keywords:Phonology, Phonetic Grounding, Local Conjunction, Ontogeny, Neuroscience, Kashaya, Zuni, Ojibwa, Ojibwe, Odawa
Article:Version 1