Alderete et al. 1999: Reduplication with fixed segmentism

Reduplication with fixed segmentism John Alderete, Jill Beckman, Laura Benua, Amalia Gnanadesikan, John J. Alderete, Suzanne Urbanczyk Abstract: Fixed segmentism is the phenomenon whereby a reduplicative mor- pheme contains segments that are invariant rather than copied. We investigate it within Optimality Theory, arguing that it falls into two distinct types, phonological and morphological. Phonological fixed segmentism is analyzed… Read more »

Alderete 2000: Prosodic faithfulness in Cupeño

Prosodic faithfulness in Cupeño John Alderete Keywords: prosodic faithfulness, root/affix faithfulness, lexical stress, Uto-Aztecan, Cupeño, Optimality Theory, surface constraints on lexical stress Downloads:  link to article Full citation: Alderete, John. 2000. Prosodic faithfulness in Cupeño. In Elena Benedicto (ed.), University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers 20, Indigenous languages, pp. 1-27. Amherst: Graduate Linguistic Student Association

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 2009: Pama-Nyungan stress typology

Exploring recursivity, stringency, and gradience in the Pama-Nyungan stress continuum John Alderete Abstract: This chapter reviews contemporary approaches to the morphological influences on stress in certain Pama-Nyungan languages, including Diyari, Dyirbal, and Warlpiri. To account for the variation found in these languages, nine different theories are developed that differ in the constraints responsible for edge effects in stress and… 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 »

Alderete 2001: lexical stress in Cupeño

Root-controlled accent in Cupeño John Alderete Abstract: Recent work on the nature of faithfulness constraints in Optimality Theory (Prince and Smolensky 1993) has proposed distinct faithfulness constraints for roots and affixes. The distinction between root and affix faithfulness has been employed in the analysis of the privileged status of roots in a variety of phonological systems, such… Read more »

Alderete & Tesar 2002: Learning covert phonological interaction

Learning covert phonological interaction: An analysis of the problem posed by the interaction of stress and epenthesis John Alderete, Bruce Tesar Abstract: The purpose of this report is to contribute to formal learning theory in Optimality Theory by providing an analysis of the problem posed by covert phonological interaction. Building on standard theories of syllable… Read more »

Tesar et al. 2003: surgery learning

Surgery in language learning Bruce Tesar, John Alderete, Graham Horwood, Koichi Nishitani, Nazarre Merchant, Alan Prince Blurb: Demonstration of how inconsistency detection can be used to learn lexical representations in tandem with learning constraint rankings in OT grammars. Keywords: surgery learning, computational learning, Optimality Theory, lexical stress, inconsistency detection Downloads:  PDF of article Full citation: Tesar, Bruce, John… Read more »

Kim & Alderete 2008: Korean [h] and aspirates

Why [h] and aspirated consonants are different in Korean Lan Kim, John Alderete Abstract: This paper examines the phonological processes affecting [h] and aspirated consonants in Korean and provides a comprehensive analysis in Optimality Theory. Following standard assumptions, [h] and aspirated consonants are treated as a class of aspirates and specified for the same laryngeal  feature, e.g., [spread glottis]. Despite… Read more »