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Title: Limits on global rules in Optimality Theory with Candidate Chains
Author: Matthew Wolf
Institution: Yale University
Linguistic Field: Linguistic Theories; Phonology
Abstract: In Optimality Theory with Candidate Chains (OT-CC; McCarthy ), candidates are multi-step derivations, and precedence constraints, which regulate the order of derivational steps, can inspect entire candidate derivations. This means that OT-CC opens the door to certain kinds of 'global rules' - that is, effects in which the application or non-application of a process is decided with crucial reference to derivational history. This paper investigates what limits may exist on OT-CC's global rule powers, focusing on two forms of opacity which are possible under a theory where all rules apply simultaneously, but not under sequential rule application: mutual counterfeeding and mutual counterbleeding. It is shown that the original version of OT-CC allows none, but that each of them could be made possible with relatively simple revisions to the original theory. Possible examples of these forms of opacity are discussed.


This article appears IN Phonology Vol. 28, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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