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Title:Variation, Ambiguity, and Noun Classes in English
Authors:Arto Anttila, Vivienne Fong
Abstract:This paper explores a theory of the meaning-form relation based on ranked and violable constraints (Prince and Smolensky, 1993), using the English genitive construction as a testing ground. Our main thesis is that partially ordered optimality-theoretic grammars allow us to relate four apparently independent empirical phenomena: (i) categorical grammaticality contrasts; (ii) variation and preferences in expression; (iii) ambiguity and preferences in interpretation; (iv) lexical organization.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Syntax, Semantics
Article:This article has been withdrawn.