Interactions between Markedness and Faithfulness Constraints in Vowel Systems

1st Edition

Viola Giulia Miglio

Routledge
Published April 30, 2012
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780415537452 - CAT# Y137417
Series: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

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Summary

Miglio argues that to assess the relative markedness of a segment, frequency of occurrence in vowel inventories is insufficient when considered on its own. In its analysis of the Great Vowel Shift, this book elaborates a more useful model of a unitary change even in a surface-oriented theory such as optimality theory, with the help of local conjunction. Miglio extends the device of local conjunction to model opaque relations, and calls for reranking and lexicon optimization as the means to capture change within optimality theory.

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