|Title:||The Locus of Exceptionality: Morpheme-Specific Phonology as Constraint Indexation|
|Comment:||This paper appeared in UMOP: Papers in Optimality Theory III. A shorter revised version is posted as ROA-906.|
|Abstract:||This paper argues for an analysis of exceptions in Optimality Theory in terms of lexically specific markedness and faithfulness constraints. This approach is shown to capture locality restrictions, distinctions between exceptional and truly impossible patterns, distinctions between blocking and triggering, and distinctions between variation and exceptionality. It is contrasted with other OT analyses of exceptions, in particular those involving lexically specified rankings (or cophonologies), and those that disallow lexically specific faithfulness constraints. The data discussed are from Finnish and Piro. A learnability account of the genesis of lexically specific constraints is also provided.
The longer version includes a discussion of derived environment effects, focusing on data from Chumash, as well as slightly more discussion of Finnish. The shorter version is more recent, and it would be best to consult it for anything else.