Satisfying long-distance relationships (without tiers): A strictly anti-local approach to phonology
Rim Dabbous, Marjorie Leduc, Fatemeh Mousavi, Charles Reiss, David Shen
November 2021

We propose a model of phonological computation based on rules characterized by a small set of parameters. We focus on rules affecting segmental features.One parameter is the characterization of a class of initiator, INR, segments from which a linear Search is initiated. The TRM parameter specifies the class of segments that successfully terminate a Search. A third parameter is DIR,the direction of Search. Fourth, a rule contains specification of a CHANGE that maps input strings to output strings by replacing INPUT string segments with OUTPUT string segments. Fifth, the CHANGE can be subject to further CONDITIONs on TRM. The model can be understood as a theory of rule environments. We also consider possible extensions, such as various versions of nested Search. Immediate results include an understanding of segment opaqueness; the reduction of adjacency requirements in rules to a particular kind of opaqueness; and a characterization of ‘icy targets’ in terms of set-theoretic relations to the INR, TRM and CONDITION parameters of a rule.
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Reference: lingbuzz/006329
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keywords: search, icy targets, locality, adjacency, opaqueness, bantu nasalization, sanskrit nati, harmony, long-distance, toy grammar, phonology
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