Psycholinguistics and Phonology: the forgotten foundations of generative phonology
Naiyan Du, Karthik Durvasula
July 2024

Research over the last few decades has consistently questioned the sufficiency of abstract/discrete phonological representations based on putative misalignments between predictions from such representations and observed experimental results. Here, we first suggest that many of the arguments ride on misunderstandings of the original claims from generative phonology, and that the typical evidence furnished is consistent with those claims. We then narrow in on the phenomenon of incomplete neutralisation and show again that it is consistent with the classic generative phonology view. We further point out that extant accounts of the phenomenon do not achieve important desiderata and typically do not provide an explanation for either the phenomenon itself, or why there are actually at least two different kinds of incomplete neutralisation that don’t stem from task confounds. Finally, we present new experimental data and our explanation that the phenomenon is an outcome of planning using abstract/discrete phonological knowledge. [v2: we expanded discussion in some parts, and corrected a few small errors in the original ms. v3: we elaborated on some of the discussion of previous work and included some novel predictions of our claims.]
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Reference: lingbuzz/007737
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Published in: Cambridge Elements in Phonology (accepted)
keywords: abstract/discrete representations, planning effects, incomplete neutralisation, tone sandhi, huai’an mandarin, phonology
previous versions: v2 [May 2024]
v1 [December 2023]
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