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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology$
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Eric Raimy and Charles E. Cairns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182706

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.001.0001

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Markedness Theory versus Phonological Idiosyncrasies in a Realistic Model of Language

Markedness Theory versus Phonological Idiosyncrasies in a Realistic Model of Language

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(p.260) (p.261) 13 Markedness Theory versus Phonological Idiosyncrasies in a Realistic Model of Language
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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology
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Andrea Calabrese

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.003.0013

This chapter describes an architecture for phonological theory that reconciles the “conventional” and “natural” aspects of phonology by combining a substantive notion of markedness. The goal is to solve the “paradox” associated with attempts to define what constitutes a “possible phonological rule in a natural language.” The chapter considers the markedness module, a component of the proposed architecture containing all the interface properties between the phonology and the sensorimotor processes external to the phonology proper. It also discusses the notion of REPAIR and its interaction with markedness statements, along with the French hiatus resolution, Bulgarian liquid metathesis and syllable structure, the synchronic grammar of Polish, correlation statements, natural rules, context-free changes, visibility theory and spotlighting, and derivations. The chapter concludes with some speculations on historical change.

Keywords:   phonological theory, phonology, markedness, natural language, markedness module, REPAIR, markedness statements, French hiatus revolution, visibility theory, derivations

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