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1. Title Title of document 1. Universal Grammar with Weighted Constraints - Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Joe Pater; University of Massachusetts at Amherst.;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) harmonic serialism; stress; syllabification; optimality theory; constraint ranking; phonological theory; grammar;
5. Subject Subject classification Optimality Theory; phonology; syntax; computational linguistics
6. Description Abstract This chapter presents an extensive examination of the typological predictions of weighted constraints, and concludes that they hold considerable promise for typological modeling. Weighted constraints are often held to be unsuitable for the modeling of phonological typology, in that they overgenerate relative to the ranked constraints of Optimality Theory. In more cases than previously imagined, weighted constraints generate the same typology as ranked ones. Where weighted constraints do have greater power, this often allows them to operate with smaller constraint sets, thus potentially creating more restrictive typologies. The genuinely problematic predictions of weighted constraints are often produced in non-local constraint interactions that are also problematic in Optimality Theory. The locality restrictions imposed by Harmonic Serialism often erase differences between ranking and weighting. The paper also provides a tutorial introduction to weighted constraints and a discussion of the relationship of a categorical model of Harmonic Grammar to probabilistic ones.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Sep-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24941
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism
16. Language English=en En
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd