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SPE Extensions: Conditions on Representations and Defect‐Driven Rules <sup>1</sup>

John Frampton

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/9780199226511.003.0007
SPE Extensions: Conditions on Representations and Defect‐Driven Rules 1

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A new formal theory of iterative rules is proposed and the advantage of analyzing various prosodic phenomena in terms of this rule format is demonstrated. Noteworthy is the extensive use of constraints and well-formedness conditions in the formulation of individual rules. The title “SPE Extensions” was chosen to highlight the fact that, in spite of the extensive use made of conditions on representations, the proposed theory adheres closely to the traditional framework of sequential application proposed in Sound Patterns of English. The application of iterative rules is driven by defects (along some dimension) in the structure they operate on. This application can be extensively controlled by systems of derivational constraints. The proposed format relies heavily on the schema interpretation and expansion mechanisms proposed in SPE.

Keywords: footing; syllabification; iterative rules; vowel length; Berber; Southern Paiute; Cairene Arabic

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Subjects: Phonetics and Phonology

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