Grammar Optimization: The simultaneous acquisition of constraint ranking and a lexicon

Abstract

1 Learnability and Phonology The rise of Optimality Theory has led to a renewed interest in the acquisition and learnability of phonology. However, much of the work in the eld has concentrated on the acquisition of the correct ranking of the universal constraint set, without recognizing the interdependence between selecting a ranking and selecting the correct underlying forms: Under the assumption of innate knowledge of the universal constraints, the primary task of the learner is the determination of the dominance ranking of these constraints which is particular to the target language. We will present a simple and eecient algorithm for solving this problem, assuming a given set of hypothesized underlying forms. (Concerning the problem of acquiring underlying forms, see the discussion ofòptimality in the lexicon' in P & S 1993:9)..emphasis added{mrh&cr].

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@inproceedings{Hale1997GrammarOT, title={Grammar Optimization: The simultaneous acquisition of constraint ranking and a lexicon}, author={Mark C. Hale}, year={1997} }