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of the Thesis Eisner's (1997a) Primitive Optimality Theory is a simple formal model of a subset of Optimality Theory (Prince and Smolensky 1993). The work presented here implements this model and extends it. The implementation is used to evaluate the Primitive Optimality Theory model, and is in itself a useful tool for linguistic analysis. The model is(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)
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: ability to recognize(More)
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