Eric Bakovic, from UC, San Diego, will embody the phonology guru position this week. He is giving a series of colloquiums described in the message from Joe Pater below.
Joe Pater writes:
Below is an abstract for Eric Bakovic's mini-course "Defining phonological interactions with string set intersection". The first class will be during John McCarthy's seminar time, and the first two classes will be in the seminar room down the hall from his office. The third class will be in the colloq room and time.
3:30 - 5:00 Monday April 8th, 528 Goodell
3:30 - 5:00 Wednesday April 10th, 528 Goodell
3:30 - 5:00 Friday April 12th, Machmer E-37
The manner in which rules/constraints potentially interact is predictable from their form. We'll start by defining a formal typology of the set of pairwise rule interactions that the rule-based serialism framework of SPE predicts. The full typology consists of 16 pairwise rule interaction types described by the intersections between the sets of strings described by the structural descriptions and structural changes of two rules. We will distinguish the familiar feeding and counterfeeding (= feeding-type) and bleeding and counterbleeding (= bleeding-type) interactions. A formal distinction between ‘on-focus’ and ‘on-environment’ feeding-type interactions arises from this exercise, but not between bleeding-type interactions, providing insight into the difference between on-focus and on-environment counterfeeding interactions from the perspective of ‘classic’ OT. We will then explore the rest of the typology, noting crucial differences between deletion/insertion rules and feature-changing rules; we will also discuss ways in which the formalism can be used to describe more than just pairwise rule interactions. Then we will extend the formalism to constraints and the ways in which they interact in OT and related frameworks.