Frequency of violation and constraint-based phonological learning

Published in Lingua, 2009

Recommended citation: Tessier, A.M. (2009). "Frequency of violation and constraint-based phonological learning" Lingua. 119(1).

This paper provides two arguments that error-driven constraint-based grammars should not be learned by directly mirroring the frequency of constraint violation and satisfaction in the target words of a language. These two arguments are used to support an approach called Error-Selective Learning (ESL), in which errors are learned and stored gradually, in a way that relies on violation frequency, but rankings themselves are learned in a non-gradual way.

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