Kuhn (2012) Harmony via positive agreement: Evidence from trigger-based count effects

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Title: Harmony via positive agreement: Evidence from trigger-based count effects
Authors: Jeremy Kuhn
Comment: Kuhn. (2012). Harmony via Positive Agreement: Evidence from trigger-based count effects. In Huang, Poole, and Rysling (eds.), Proceedings of the 43th conference of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS 43), Vol. 1, 253-264.
Length: 12 pages
Abstract: In most patterns of harmony and assimilation, a single segment triggers harmony to the left or right, until the end of the word or until some intervening blocker. Here, I classify the new subpattern of trigger-based count effects, in which multiple triggers are needed to induce harmony. For example, nasal assimilation in Kazakh requires two triggers: the onset of a suffix assimilates to a nasal-final stem exactly when the suffix also contains a nasal coda. Here, I propose an analysis of trigger-based count effects in Harmonic Grammar with Harmonic Serialism. Harmony is motivated by a positively defined constraint which rewards feature agreement. Non-local harmony is allowed, but the reward is reduced by a scaling factor based on distance.
Type: Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords: nasal assimilation, harmony, harmonic grammar, harmonic serialism, positive constraints, gang effects
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