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Wed Feb 11 2004

Books: Phonology: Gouskova

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  1. glsa, Deriving Economy: Syncope in Optimality Theory: Gouskova

Message 1: Deriving Economy: Syncope in Optimality Theory: Gouskova

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 09:58:20 -0500 (EST)
From: glsa <>
Subject: Deriving Economy: Syncope in Optimality Theory: Gouskova

Title: Deriving Economy: Syncope in Optimality Theory
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass
Book URL:

Author: Maria Gouskova, Rutgers University

CD: Price: 12 US$
Hardback: Price: 18 US$

The Graduate Linguistics Student Association (GLSA) at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst, announces the publication of a new

The dissertation argues that markedness is lenient and relative: a
form is marked only if there is another form that is unmarked. No
constraints ban structure for the sake of banning structure; there are
formal limits on the content of CON. The central consequence of this
view is that economy constraints are excluded on principle; economy
effects must instead follow from the interaction of independently
motivated constraints.

While a range of economy effects is discussed, the empirical focus is
on syncope. Case studies investigate syncope in Hopi, Tonkawa,
Lillooet, Lushootseed, and Lebanese and Mekkan Arabic. Deleting vowels
satisfies a range of markedness constraints; moreover, the same
constraints that can be satisfied by syncope can also be satisfied by
other processes that may not involve removal of structure. The
standard "delete-where-you-can" view of syncope is argued to be
inadequate; furthermore, economy constraints can actually be harmful
if admitted into the grammar.

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