Chapter 11: Typology and the local-ranking hypothesis

The language-specific freedom of constraint ranking is determined by the local-ranking principle, which states that constraints that differ in a single parameter may be universally ranked with respect to one another. From all the grammars allowed by the local-ranking principle, languages tend to choose a grammar in which many constraints can be generalized over their arguments or environments.


11.1   Freedom of ranking
11.2   Combinatorial typology
11.3   Implicational universals
11.4   Case: place assimilation of nasal stops
11.5   Optionality
11.6   Problems with surface constraints
11.7   Typology of place assimilation of nasals
11.8   Perceptual versus acoustic faithfulness
11.9   Constraint generalization
11.10   Phonologization
11.11   Homogeneous *GESTURE or homogeneous PARSE?
11.12   Licensing
11.13   Assimilation of nasality
11.14   Conclusion
Forward to chapter 12.
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