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On formal universals in phonology

Nevins, A; (2009) On formal universals in phonology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences , 32 (5) 461 - 462. 10.1017/S0140525X09990537. Green open access

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Abstract

Understanding the universal aspects of human language structure requires comparison at multiple levels of analysis. While Evans & Levinson (E&L) focus mostly on substantive variation in language, equally revealing insights can come from studying formal universals. I first discuss how Artificial Grammar Experiments can test universal preferences for certain types of abstract phonological generalizations over others. I then discuss moraic onsets in the language Arrernte, and how its apparent substantive variation ultimately rests on a formal universal regarding syllable-weight sensitivity.

Type: Article
Title: On formal universals in phonology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X09990537
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X09990537
Language: English
Additional information: © 2009 Cambridge University Press
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/68226
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