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Conference Paper: From Sequence Frequencies to Conditions in Bantu Vowel Harmony: Building a Grammar from the Ground Up

TitleFrom Sequence Frequencies to Conditions in Bantu Vowel Harmony: Building a Grammar from the Ground Up
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherMcGill University, Department of Linguistics. The Journal's web site is located at https://www.mcgill.ca/mcgwpl/
Citation
Phonology in the 21st Century: In Honour of Glyne Piggott, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 7-9 May 2011. In McGill Working Papers in Linguistics, 2012, v. 22 n. 1 How to Cite?
AbstractWe explore here the hypothesis that phonological grammars are emergent, formed by general principles that may involve little to no role for language-specific principles. Our basic proposal is that grammars develop from the identification of patterns of similarity, the calculation of frequencies of patterns of co-occurrence, and the development of generalized symbolic systems based on frequency data. We investigate six Bantu languages, all of which exhibit a canonical asymmetric height harmony pattern. Based on sizeable online databases, we examine the frequency of all possible vowel sequences in the six languages, using the frequency data to develop a nascent grammar for height harmony in each language. Our proposal is for a type of unsupervised learning, and we discuss various ways of establishing that the learning algorithm has converged on the correct grammar.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202019
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dc.contributor.authorArchangeli, DB-
dc.contributor.authorMielke, J-
dc.contributor.authorPulleyblank, DG-
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:57:39Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:57:39Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationPhonology in the 21st Century: In Honour of Glyne Piggott, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 7-9 May 2011. In McGill Working Papers in Linguistics, 2012, v. 22 n. 1-
dc.identifier.issn0824-5282-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202019-
dc.description.abstractWe explore here the hypothesis that phonological grammars are emergent, formed by general principles that may involve little to no role for language-specific principles. Our basic proposal is that grammars develop from the identification of patterns of similarity, the calculation of frequencies of patterns of co-occurrence, and the development of generalized symbolic systems based on frequency data. We investigate six Bantu languages, all of which exhibit a canonical asymmetric height harmony pattern. Based on sizeable online databases, we examine the frequency of all possible vowel sequences in the six languages, using the frequency data to develop a nascent grammar for height harmony in each language. Our proposal is for a type of unsupervised learning, and we discuss various ways of establishing that the learning algorithm has converged on the correct grammar.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherMcGill University, Department of Linguistics. The Journal's web site is located at https://www.mcgill.ca/mcgwpl/-
dc.relation.ispartofMcGill Working Papers in Linguistics-
dc.titleFrom Sequence Frequencies to Conditions in Bantu Vowel Harmony: Building a Grammar from the Ground Up-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
dc.identifier.emailArchangeli, DB: darchang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityArchangeli, DB=rp01748-
dc.description.naturelink_to_OA_fulltext-
dc.identifier.hkuros232519-
dc.identifier.volume22-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.publisher.placeCanada-

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