Learning phonology and the legacy of SPE


Invited talk for a special session – “50 Years of SPE: what remains?

In this talk, I tried to deal with four fundamental questions about how generative phonological grammars are learned – how learners compile their data, how they choose between grammar hypotheses, how they construct URs and how they handle exceptions. In each case, I discussed how SPE framed, approached or avoided the question, and then sketched to varying degrees of detail how the question and its SPE treatment have addressed in subsequent literature.

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