Constraining the Learning Path without Constraints, or The O<span class="smallCaps">cp</span> and N<span class="smallCaps">o</span>B<span class="smallCaps">anana</span> <sup>1</sup>

Charles Reiss

in Rules, Constraints, and Phonological Phenomena

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226511
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191710193 | DOI:
Constraining the Learning Path without Constraints, or The Ocp and NoBanana  1

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This chapter argue that wellformedness constraints are inappropriate computational devices for modeling grammar. It develops a purely derivational theory with minimal theoretical apparatus and no filters or wellformedness constraints. The conceptual arguments will be bolstered by reference to recent work developing alternative approaches to phonological computation from constraint-based ones. The author also makes concrete proposals concerning the nature of phonological acquisition. The idea is to constrain the acquisition task without recourse to innate constraints.

Keywords: learnability; overgeneration; Obligatory Contour Principle; violability; Universal Grammar; structural descriptions; Georgian

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Subjects: Phonetics and Phonology

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