Jason Riggle

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A common 'typological criterion' on linguistic models is that they should predict (almost) all observed patterns while minimizing overgeneration. For optimization-based models, it has been argued that constraints should be ranked rather than weighted to minimize overgeneration. Recently, however, weighting has been shown to elegantly capture patterns that(More)
In Optimality Theory, a contender is a candidate that is optimal under some ranking of the constraints. When the candidate generating function Gen and all of the constraints are rational (i.e., representable with (weighted) finite state automata) it is possible to generate the entire set of contenders for a given input form in much the same way that optima(More)
We examine the typology of quantity-insensitive (QI) stress systems and ask to what extent an existing optimality theoretic model of QI stress can predict the observed typolog-ical frequencies of stress patterns. We find three significant correlates of pattern attesta-tion and frequency: the trigram entropy of a pattern, the degree to which it is "(More)
This paper describes a framework for studies of the adaptive acquisition and evolution of language, with the following components: language learning begins by associating words with cognitively salient representations (" grounding "); the sentences of each language are determined by properties of lexical items, and so only these need to be transmitted by(More)