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Title: Computational Phonology Part I: Foundations
Author(s): Jeffrey Heinz
Journal Title: Language and Linguistics Compass
Volume: 5
Issue: 4
Page Range: 140-152
Publication Date: Apr-2011
Abstract: Computational phonology approaches the study of sound patterns in the world's languages from a computational perspective. This article explains this perspective and its relevance to phonology. A restrictive, universal property of phonological patterns – they are regular – is established, and the hypothesis that they are subregular is presented. This article is intended primarily for phonologists who are curious about computational phonology, but do not have a rigorous background in mathematics or computation. However, it is also informative for readers with a background in computation and the basics of phonology, and who are curious about what computational analysis offers phonological theory.

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