Gradual learning and faithfulness: consequences of ranked vs. weighted constraints

with Karen Jesney

Published in Proceedings of NELS38, 2008

Recommended citation: Tessier, A.M. (2012). "Gradual learning and faithfulness: consequences of ranked vs. weighted constraints" NELS38 Proceedings. https://sites.ualberta.ca/~annemich/JesneyTessier2008_NELS38paper.pdf

This paper investigates a class of restrictive intermediate stages that emerge during L1 phonological acquisition, and argues that these stages are naturally accounted for within a gradual learning model that uses weighted constraints. The particular type of pattern of interest here – Intermediate Faithfulness (IF) stages – involves the preservation of marked structures just in privileged environments. We illustrate this with data from Bat-El (2007), which shows the innovation of morphologically-sensitive phonology during the acquisition of Hebrew.

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