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Non-universality in Optimality Theory : An Information-based Model

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Authors
Cho, HyeSun
Issue Date
2003
Publisher
Department of English Language and Literature, Seoul National University
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics, Vol.2, pp. 171-187
Keywords
Optimality Theorynon-universalityspecificitymorphemeinputrankingtrisyllabic laxing
Abstract
This paper focuses on non-universality in standard OT. Non-universality in OT can be considered in two aspects: language-specific constraints and item-specific constraint ranking. Contrary to the basic assumption of OT, universality of constraints, there are language-specific non-universal constraint. In addition, applicability of the trisyllabic laxing rule implicates that different morphemes require different constraint ranking. Russell's morpheme-constraint model proposes abstract signature of morphemes and gatekeeper which controls different rankings for different morphemic items. This paper expands his idea and proposes a special component, termed Supervisor (SUP). Since operation of SUP is activated based on the information contained in input, information-contained input becomes critical in my proposal. My proposal thus proffers a solution for non-universality issue of standard OT.
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/2029
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.02 (2003)
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