Localism versus Globalism in Morphology and Phonology
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The MIT Press
Series: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs
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We are pleased to present the sixtieth in the series Linguistic Inquiry Monographs. These monographs present new and original research beyond the scope of the article. We hope they will benefit our field by bringing to it perspectives that will stimulate ...
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The research presented in this book came about as a consequence of my thinking about competition in the grammar, a topic explored in Embick 2007a and Embick and Marantz 2008. The general picture that emerges in those papers is that the grammar allows no competition among complex ...
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I am grateful to many people who have discussed these ideas with me during the time I was writing this book. For detailed comments on manuscript versions of the book, and for numerous discussions of its core substance, I thank Morris Halle and Alec ...
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Theories of grammar (and of language more generally) make specific claims about how the different facets of language are analyzed, often in ways that create partitions that are at odds with descriptive works, and, notably, at odds with each other. Although different theories propose ...
I. A Localist Theory
2. A Localist Theory
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This part of the book develops a theory of allomorphic locality that is centered on the interaction of cyclic and linear locality domains. This theory is developed as an account of a number of empirical generalizations that are presented in the course of the discussion. If something like ...
3. Applications and Implications
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This chapter presents some case studies that are either motivations for or consequences of the C1-LIN theory. The initial discussion concentrates on the predictions that this theory makes concerning (linear) intervention effects and certain kinds of domain effects. These derive from the linear ...
II. Phonologically Conditioned Allomorphy
4. Phonologically Conditioned Allomorphy: The Globalist Intuition
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Chapter 1 of this book highlights the fundamental tension between localist theories of the type developed in chapters 2 and 3 and the prevailing view in phonological theory, the globalist framework of Optimality Theory (OT). This part of the book compares the empirical predictions ...
5. On the Intuition behind Phonological Selection
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Chapter 4 outlines the intuition that globalism extends to phonologically conditioned allomorphy (PCA). As noted there, the strongest confirmation that this intuition is correct would be found if all cases of PCA could be analyzed with the constraint system required for the normal ...
6. Potentially Global Interactions Are Resolved Locally
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This chapter looks directly at the empirical predictions that distinguish globalist and localist theories; in particular, it is centered on possible forms of evidence in favor of global computation of morphology and phonology. In the abstract, this means an argument showing that the ...
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The C1-LIN theory developed in part I of the book is a localist theory that makes explicit predictions about how (morpho)syntax and (morpho)-phonology interact; these are developed with reference to contextual allomorphy, which constitutes the central empirical focus of the book. I chose ...
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs