Alderete & Finley 2016: Gradient Vowel Harmony in Oceanic

Gradient vowel harmony in Oceanic John Alderete, Sara Finley Abstract: This article contributes to the understanding of gradient phonological patterns by investigating graded vowel co-occurrence in Oceanic languages. In particular, vowel co-occurrence patterns in disyllabic stems are investigated in four languages: Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian, and Fijian, as well as reconstructed forms in Proto-Oceanic and Proto-Malayo-Polynesian…. Read more »

Alderete, Tupper, & Frisch 2013: Phonological constraint induction

Phonological constraint induction in a connnectionist network: Learning OCP-Place constraints from data John Alderete, Paul Tupper, Stefan A. Frisch Abstract: A significant problem in computational language learning is that of inferring the content of well-formedness constraints from input data. In this article, we approach the constraint induction problem as the gradual adjustment of subsymbolic constraints… Read more »

Alderete & Bradshaw 2013: Samoan root phonotactics

Samoan root phonotactics: Digging deeper into the data John Alderete, Mark Bradshaw Abstract:  This article gives a detailed quantitative account of Samoan root phonotactics. In particular, count data is given in eleven tables of segment frequencies (i.e., consonants, short and long vowels, diphthongs) and frequencies of combinations of segments (i.e., syllable types, consonant-vowel combinations, V-V… Read more »

Crosswhite et al. 2003: Russian stress experiment

Morphological effects on default stress placement in novel Russian words Katherine Crosswhite, John Alderete, Tim Beasley, Vita Markman Abstract: This article presents the results of a nonce-probe experiment conducted with 13 native speakers of Russian and examines the implications of these results for the linguistic analysis of Russian stress. Experimental items were novel words that ended in a sequence… Read more »