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An Overview of the Theory of Underspecification

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Authors
Ahn, Sang-Cheol
Issue Date
1990
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.26 No.2, pp. 289-326
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to observe the nature and characteristics of underspecification in phonology. For this purpose, I first discuss the motivation and the governing principles of the recent theory of underspecification. Then, it will be shown that the theory of underspecification is not only about the simplicity of segmental feature representation, but also about the overall generalization and simplicity of phonological specification. Thus the theory of underspecification provides a more systematic way of providing a phonological description with minimal specifications in underlying representation. Moreover, the interaction among phonological rules and redundancy rules is discussed, including certain constraints on the ordering of redundancy rules. Furthermore, I also discuss how this theory fits in other fields of phonology, such as Lexical Phonology and Feature Geometry. Finally, different views on "radical underspecification" theories are presented.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/85854
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 26 Number 1/4 (1990)
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