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Title:Autosegmental Aims in Surface Optimizing Phonology
Authors:Stephanie Shih, Sharon Inkelas
Length:70 pp
Abstract:We develop a novel optimization approach to tone. Its grammatical component consists of the similarity- and proximity-based correspondence constraint framework of Agreement by Correspondence theory (ABC). Its representational component, Q Theory, decomposes segments (Q) into temporally ordered, quantized subsegments (q), which comprise unitary sets of distinctive features, including tone. ABC+Q unites phonological alternations and static lexical patterns, as we illustrate with a programmatic survey of core tonal phenomena: assimilation, dissimilation, lexical tone melodies, and consonant-tone interaction. ABC+Q surmounts long-standing problems for autosegmental-era, multi-tiered representational approaches to tone, and unites tone and segmental phonology under the modern umbrella of correspondence theory.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:tone, phonology, Agreement by Correspondence, Q Theory, Autosegmental Phonology, Optimality Theory
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