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Title:Conspiracy in Historical Phonology [Dissertation]
Authors:Sean Crist
Abstract:Historical sound change has been modeled in Optimality
Theory as a change in the ranking of constraints. In the
simplest case, the surface effects of a constraint
reranking can be stated in terms of a single traditional
rewrite rule. However, there are also rerankings
whose corresponding surface effects are diverse and
complex, and cannot be stated as a single rule. It is
this consequence of OT which I explore in this
dissertation, examining conspiracies of historical
sound changes in early Greek (the elimination of *j),
in West Germanic (the near elimination of voiced
fricatives), and in Slavic (the elimination of syllable
Area/Keywords:Phonology,Historical Linguistics
Article:Version 1