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Paradigms and Opacityintegrates Optimality Theory and Lexical Phonology, presenting a stratal OT model in which the properties of stems, words, and sentences are characterized by distinct parallel constraint systems that interface serially. This model accounts for morphology/phonology interactions and opaque constraint interactions better than models found in current versions of OT phonology. Evidence is provided from a very broad range of languages, and further support is offered on grounds of learnability, naturalness, historical change, and typological restrictiveness.
Table of Contents
|1. Paradigm constraints|
|2. Paradigms and the notion of base|
|3. Opacity, paradigm constraints, serialism: the Arabic evidence|
|4. The syllabic typology of Arabic dialects|
|5. Remarks on the Parallel alternative|