Learnability shapes typology

The case of the midpoint pathology

Juliet Stanton

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    Abstract

    The midpoint pathology (in the sense of Kager 2012) characterizes a type of unattested stress system in which the stressable window contracts to a single word-internal syllable in some words, but not others. Kager (2012) shows that the pathology is a prediction of analyses employing contextual lapse constraints (e.g. *ExtLapseR; no 000 strings at the right edge) and argues that the only way to avoid it is to eliminate these constraints from Con. This article explores an alternative: that systems exhibiting the midpoint pathology are unattested not because the constraints that would generate them are absent from Con, but because they are difficult to learn. This study belongs to a growing body of work exploring the idea that phonological typology is shaped by considerations of learnability.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)753-791
    Number of pages39
    JournalLanguage
    Volume92
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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    Keywords

    • Learnability
    • Phonology
    • Stress
    • Typology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language

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    Learnability shapes typology : The case of the midpoint pathology. / Stanton, Juliet.

    In: Language, Vol. 92, No. 4, 01.12.2016, p. 753-791.

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    Stanton, Juliet. / Learnability shapes typology : The case of the midpoint pathology. In: Language. 2016 ; Vol. 92, No. 4. pp. 753-791.
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