Morphology With Two-Level Rules and Negative Rule Features
by Bear, John
Technical Note 462
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
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Two-level phonology, as currently practiced, has two severe limitations. One is that phonological generalizations are generally expressed in terms of transition tables of finite-state automata, and these tables are cumbersome to develop and refine. The other is that lexical idiosyncrasy is encoded by introducing arbitrary diacritics into the spelling of a morpheme. This paper describes how to use phonological rules instead of transition tables, and describes a more elegant way of expressing phonological irregularity than with arbitrary diacritics, making use of the fact that generalizations are expressed with rules instead of automata.
|Bear, John S||Alumnus|