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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

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The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Title: 'Harmonic Grammar with linear programming: from linear systems to linguistic typology'
Author: ChristopherPotts
Institution: 'University of Massachusetts at Amherst'
Author: JosephVPater
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Institution: 'University of Massachusetts'
Author: KarenJesney
Institution: 'University of Massachusetts'
Author: RajeshBhatt
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Homepage: 'http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~bhatt/'
Institution: 'University of Texas at Austin'
Author: MichaelBecker
Institution: 'Harvard University'
Linguistic Field: 'Phonology'
Abstract: Harmonic Grammar is a model of linguistic constraint interaction in which well-formedness is calculated in terms of the sum of weighted constraint violations. We show how linear programming algorithms can be used to determine whether there is a weighting for a set of constraints that fits a set of linguistic data. The associated software package OT-Help provides a practical tool for studying large and complex linguistic systems in the Harmonic Grammar framework and comparing the results with those of OT. We first describe the translation from harmonic grammars to systems solvable by linear programming algorithms. We then develop a Harmonic Grammar analysis of ATR harmony in Lango that is, we argue, superior to the existing OT and rule-based treatments. We further highlight the usefulness of OT-Help, and the analytic power of Harmonic Grammar, with a set of studies of the predictions Harmonic Grammar makes for phonological typology.

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This article appears in Phonology Vol. 27, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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