On Formal Universals in Phonology

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Title: On Formal Universals in Phonology
Author: Nevins, Andrew Ira
Citation: Nevins, Andrew. 2009. On formal universals in phonology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32(5): 461-462.
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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.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X09990537
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