Alderete 2008: Learnability filters

Using learnability as a filter on computable functions: a new approach to Anderson and Browne’s generalization John Alderete Abstract: This article investigates the learnability filter (LF) hypothesis, according to which the set of logically possible grammars predicted by linguistic theory is reduced to a proper subset of learnable grammars by external principles of language learning. Antifaithfulness constraints (Alderete,… Read more »

Alderete 2001: Morphologically governed accent in OT

Morphologically governed accent in Optimality Theory [Revised doctoral dissertation] John Alderete This dissertation examines the influence of morphological factors on stress and pitch accent. Two basic types are recognized. In root-controlled accent, inherent accent in a root overrides inherent affix accent; as a result, affixal accent is only realized in words with unaccented roots. In affix-controlled accent, the… Read more »

Alderete 2001: dominance effects

Dominance effects as transderivational anti-faithfulness John Alderete Abstract: This paper presents a theory of morphophonology based on a development in the theory of faithfulness in Optimality Theory. A new constraint type, antifaithfulness, is proposed that evaluates a pair of related words and requires an alternation in the shared stem. This constraint type is motivated initially by a… Read more »