Chapter

Ordering <sup>1</sup>

David Odden

in Rules, Constraints, and Phonological Phenomena

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226511
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191710193 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226511.003.0003
Ordering 1

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This chapter explores some of the machinery available to OT to account for data which is explained by rule ordering and similar derivational devices. It shows that, well-intentioned desires to limit the number of ways of handling rule ordering notwithstanding, quite a number of devices actually play a crucial role in handling serial phenomena. No unified treatment of rule ordering is possible in OT, and instead one must use a range of devices to accomodate “opacity”. It examines whether it is possible to account for all derivational phenomena, once we have martialled the relevant descriptive machinery, or whether it turns out that there are cases which completely resist a non-derivational analysis. It aims is to point out some of the relevant cases, and consider what it takes to handle them.

Keywords: rule ordering; serial derivation; Duke-of-York derivations; Sympathy theory; Meussen's Rule; tone doubling; Zinza; Kimatuumbi

Chapter.  17285 words. 

Subjects: Phonetics and Phonology

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