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Title:Connectionist approaches to generative phonology
Authors:John Alderete, Paul Tupper
Comment:To appear in A. Bosch and S.J. Hannahs (eds.), The Routledge handbook of phonological theory
Length:32 pages
Abstract:While connectionist models are ubiquitous in psycholinguistic approaches to language processing, they are less well-known as generative models of grammar. This work surveys a literature in which connectionist models have been developed to address problems central to generative phonology. The focus is on explaining to the newcomer how precisely these models work, and how they grapple with locality, gradience, opacity, and learnability in phonology. An understanding of connectionist phonology gives both a deeper understanding of past developments in phonological theory and a glimpse into its future.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:phonology, connectionism, constraints, neural networks, locality, gradience, learnability
Article:Version 1