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Metrical Stress Theory: Principles and Case Studies
In this account of metrical stress theory, Bruce Hayes builds on the notion that stress constitutes linguistic rhythm - that stress patterns are rhythmically organized, and that formal structures
Rules vs. analogy in English past tenses: a computational/experimental study
This article proposes a model that employs inductive learning to discover multiple rules, and assigns them confidence scores based on their performance in the lexicon, and concludes that speakers extend morphological patterns based on abstract structural properties, of a kind appropriately described with rules.
Empirical Tests of the Gradual Learning Algorithm
The Gradual Learning Algorithm (Boersma 1997) is a constraint-ranking algorithm for learning optimality-theoretic grammars. The purpose of this article is to assess the capabilities of the Gradual
This chapter discusses the prosodic hierarchy in meter by derived from syntactic structure by a set of rules that alter bracketing and provide labels for the various levels of phrasing.
A Maximum Entropy Model of Phonotactics and Phonotactic Learning
This work proposes a theory of phonotactic grammars and a learning algorithm that constructs such Grammars from positive evidence, and applies the model in a variety of learning simulations, showing that the learnedgrammars capture the distributional generalizations of these languages and accurately predict the findings of a phonotactics experiment.
Explaining sonority projection effects*
It is shown that a model based only on lexical statistics can explain sonority projection in English without a pre-existing sonority sequencing principle, and must possess a featural system supporting sonority-based generalisations and a context representation including syllabification or equivalent information.
Phonological Acquisition in Optimality Theory: The Early Stages 1
Recent experimental work indicates that by the age of ten months, infants have already learned a great deal about the phonotactics (legal sounds and sound sequences) of their language. This learning
Natural and Unnatural Constraints in Hungarian Vowel Harmony
Phonological constraints can, in principle, be classified according to whether they are natural (founded in principles of universal grammar (UG)) or unnatural (arbitrary, learned inductively from the
The phonology of rhythm in English
The rule is of interest as a purely analytic problem, because it is difficult to formalize in a way that does justice to the facts. But it is of even greater interest because of the theoretical
Stochastic phonological knowledge: the case of Hungarian vowel harmony
In Hungarian, stems ending in a back vowel plus one or more neutral vowels show unusual behaviour: for such stems, the otherwise general process of vowel harmony is lexically idiosyncratic.