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Title:Implication & Impossibility in Grammatical Systems: What it is & How to find it
Authors:Alan Prince
Comment:corrected version is dated Oct 25
Abstract:Predictive linguistic theory generates a rich pattern of implications tying together the well- and ill-formedness of linguistic structures. Visible extensionally as restrictions on the kinds of processes and optima that can and cannot co-exist within a grammar, such implications emerge from the constraint ranking patterns that lead to optimality and failure. The Elementary Ranking Condition supports a set of practical tools for digging systematic implications out of data as construed by grammatical assumptions. This paper discussses a variety of concrete cases and places them in their analytical context. No background in the relevant notions and techniques is assumed.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Formal Analysis
Article:Version 1