Morris Halle

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Research on syntax in recent decades has focused on four overlapping topics: 1. the laws that govern the assignment of words to positions in a hierarchical syntactic structure; 2. the laws that govern the assignment of words to more than one position in hierarchical syntactic structure (movement or chain formation); 3. the interface between syntactic(More)
Since Clements (1985) introduced feature geometry, four major innovations have been proposed: Unified Feature Theory, Vowel-Place Theory, Strict Locality, and Partial Spreading. We set out the problems that each innovation encounters and propose a new model of feature geometry and feature spreading that is not subject to these problems. Of the four(More)
INTRODUCTION In this article we propose to characterize the accentual-syllabic meter known as iambic pentameter in the form in which it was first used by Geoffrey Chaucer. We view this meter as an abstract pattern which the poet has created or adopted, perhaps only in part consciously. The poet uses this pattern as a basis of selection so that he may choose(More)
This thesis studies some central problems in the phonological analysis of Tiberian Hebrew (TH). Chapter 2 contains a detailed account of the accentual system of the language and an analysis of those aspects of the segmental phonology which interact with the accentual system. The account is set within a framework, the principles of which are formalized and(More)
6 the nee ds her nd Urs Ites our hat ate dd ~ of 3 A Theory of Meter What, then, exactly is Prosody? Our English word is not carried over from the Greek word with its uncertain and various meanings, but it must have come with the French word through the scholastic Latin; and like the French term it primarily denotes the rules for the treatment of syllables(More)
There is a considerable amount of evidence (reviewed by Aaronson) to support the following kind of model for the processing of time-compressed speech: When one listens to a time-compressed sentence, the signal is initially placed in a very short-term auditory buffer. In order to comprehend and save the message, it must be "actively processed ." At high(More)