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Over the past three decades, phonological theory has advanced in many areas, but it has changed little in its foundational assumptions about how computational processes can serve as a basis for the theory. This volume suggests that it may be worthwhile to reconsider some of those assumptions. Is there an order to the rules in a phonological derivation? What kinds of links other than derivations are possible between the level of mental representation and the level of speech sounds? Since phonological representations are so much more sophisticated today than they were a few decads ago, do we need any phonological rules at all?

In this provocative book, leading linguists and computer scientists consider the challenges that computational innovations pose to current rule-based phonological theories and speculate about the advantages of phonological models based on artificial neural networks and other computer designs. The authors offer new conceptions of phonological theory for the 1990s, the most radical of which proposes that phonological processes cannot be characterized by rules at all, but arise from the dynamics of a system of phonological representations in a high-dimensional vector space of the sort that a neural network embodies. This new view of phonology is becoming increasingly attractive to linguists and others in the cognitive sciences because it answers some difficult questions about learning while drawing on recent results in philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience.

The contributors are John A. Goldsmith, Larry M. Hyman, George Lakoff, K. P. Mohanan, David S. Touretzky, and Deirdre W. Wheeler.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-234) and index.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction

John Goldsmith

2: Harmonic Phonology

John Goldsmith

3: Fields of Attraction in Phonology

K. P. Mohanan

4: Cognitive Phonology

George Lakoff

5: A Connectionist Implementation of Cognitive Phonology

Deirdre W. Wheeler, David Touretzky.

6: Finite-State Constraints

Lauri Karttunen

7: Problems for Rule Ordering in Phonology: Two Bantu Test Cases

Larry M. Hyman

References

List of Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226301556
Editor:
Goldsmith, John A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Editor:
Goldsmith, John
Editor:
Goldsmith, John A.
Author:
Goldsmith, John
Author:
Goldsmith, John A.
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Phonetics & Phonics
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general
Subject:
Phonology
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Phonology.
Subject:
Linguistics - Phonetics & Phonology
Subject:
Education-Phonics
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Studies in contemporary linguistics
Series Volume:
9331
Publication Date:
19930631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
246
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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