Alderete and Kochetov 2016: Integrating sound symbolism with core grammar

Integrating sound symbolism with core grammar: The case of expressive palatalization John Alderete Alexei Kochetov Abstract: Fifty cases of sound-symbolic expressive palatalization were collected in a typological survey of babytalk registers, diminutive constructions, and other sound symbolic systems. Analysis of the typological trends and language-particular examples reveals important differences between expressive palatalization and phonologically motivated… Read more »

Kochetov & Alderete 2011: Expressive palatalization

Patterns and scales of expressive palatalization: Experimental evidence from Japanese Alexei Kochetov, John Alderete Abstract: This paper argues for the existence of expressive palatalization (E-Pal) – a phonologically unmotivated process that applies in sound symbolism, diminutive constructions, and babytalk registers. E-Pal is proposed to be grounded in iconic sound-meaning associations exploiting acoustic properties of palatalized consonants, and thus is inherently… 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 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 »

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 »