Quarterly (winter, spring, summer, fall)
224 pp. per issue
6 3/4 x 9 1/4
ISSN
0024-3892
E-ISSN
1530-9150
2014 Impact factor:
1.71

Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2011, Vol. 42, No. 4, Pages 631-650
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00063)
© 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harmonic Improvement without Candidate Chains in Chamorro
Article PDF (133.74 KB)
Abstract

This article argues that some ostensible advantages of Optimality Theory with Candidate Chains (OT-CC) over classic OT are actually liabilities. OT-CC correctly predicts that Chamorro umlaut occurs only when trigger and target are adjacent. But OT-CC is incompatible with similar phenomena like Central Venetan metaphony, and attempts to modify OT-CC to produce metaphony impair the theory's handling of umlaut. Classic OT provides a superior approach: constraints grounded in prominence asymmetries produce the umlaut facts, and there is no conflict with analyses of metaphony. This result suggests that despite OT-CC's advancements in treatments of opacity, the theory's machinery remains inadequate in important ways.