Alderete & MacMillan 2015: Reduplication in Hawaiian

Reduplication in Hawaiian: Variations on a theme of minimal word John Alderete, Kayleigh MacMillan Abstract: The article explores a database of over 1600 reduplicated words in Hawaiian and gives the first comprehensive account of the empirical generalizations concerning reduplicant form and associated vowel length alternations. We argue that the observed output patterns and length alternations can be cogently… Read more »

Blenkiron & Alderete 2015: Reduplication in Rotuman

Reduplication in Rotuman: A curious case of emergent unmarkedness Amber Blenkiron, John Alderete Abstract: This article gives a comprehensive analysis of reduplication in Rotuman (Oceanic). The main reduplication shape is a heavy syllable prefix (e.g., CVC-, CVV-), which we document with a list of 847 reduplicated words and native speaker elicitation. We argue that the… Read more »

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 »