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This thesis describes a computational system with which phonologists may describe a natural language in terms of autosegmental phonology, currently the most advanced theory pertaining to the sound systems of human languages. This system allows linguists to easily test autosegmental hypotheses against a large corpus of data. The system was designed primarily(More)
One of the first tasks children face in the process of acquiring their first languages is to develop a characterization of which sound sequences are legal or illegal in their native languages. Knowledge of this characterization— phonotactics—develops at or before 10 months of age (Jusczyk et al. 1994). Knowledge they (seem to) have: distributional(More)
Since the advent of Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky ) there has been a dearth of large-scale analyses in the vein of The Sound Pattern of English (Chomsky & Halle ) and Spanish Phonology (Harris ). Optimality Theory arguably has an advantage over rewrite rule phonology in terms of explanatory power, but its complexity makes it difficult to(More)