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Title:On theoretical facts and empirical abstractions
Authors:Paul Smolensky
Abstract:My goal is to argue the merits of a type of work that is somewhat rare in linguistics, and to illustrate this kind of work in three domains: phonological inventories and conjunctive constraint interaction, non-participating segments in vowel harmony, and the general nature of phonological categories like 'possible word of language L'.

Note: this is a chapter of ROA-844, Wondering at the Natural Fecundity of Things: Essays in Honor of Alan Prince.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Formal Analysis
Article:Version 1