Harmonic Improvement without Candidate Chains in Chamorro

  title={Harmonic Improvement without Candidate Chains in Chamorro},
  author={Aaron Kaplan},
  journal={Linguistic Inquiry},
  • Aaron Kaplan
  • Published 15 October 2011
  • Psychology
  • Linguistic Inquiry
This article argues that some ostensible advantages of Optimality Theory with Candidate Chains (OT-CC) over classic OT are actually liabilities. OT-CC correctly predicts that Chamorro umlaut occurs only when trigger and target are adjacent. But OT-CC is incompatible with similar phenomena like Central Venetan metaphony, and attempts to modify OT-CC to produce metaphony impair the theory's handling of umlaut. Classic OT provides a superior approach: constraints grounded in prominence asymmetries… 
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