A Formal Functional Model of Tone

@inproceedings{Myers2003AFF,
  title={A Formal Functional Model of Tone},
  author={James E Myers and Jane S. Tsay},
  year={2003}
}
Formalist and functionalist approaches to language have long been seen as inherently antagonistic, but in recent years this has begun to change, as formalists recognize the influence of language use on linguistic structure, and functionalists provide more explicit models for how this influence operates. The model of tone proposed here is formal in the sense of aiming to provide a completely explicit account of phonological knowledge, yet it is also functionalist, since its elements take the… CONTINUE READING

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