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Title:The Conspiracy of Completeness
Authors:Thomas Green
Abstract:The Conspiracy of Completeness

Thomas Green


In this paper, I would like to step back and examine an issue which

eventually bears on all work in OT: exactly how does UG delimit the

set of possible constraints, and how does this affect the makeup of

particular grammars? The outcome will be to show that the theory of

possible constraints can be made maximally general without necessarily

predicting an explosion of bizarre unattested language types. This

result relies crucially on a particular proposal concerning the cor-

rect way to represent notions of structural and inherent segmental

prominence. The two conclusions are not independent, and the utility

of the demonstrated conspiracy effect may be taken as indirect support

for the representational assumptions it requires.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1