Cumulativity by default in phonotactic learning
Canaan Breiss
March 2021

An ongoing debate in phonology concerns the treatment of cumulative constraint interactions, or "gang effects", which in turn bears on the question of which phonological frameworks are suitable models of the grammar. This paper uses a series of Artificial Grammar Learning experiments to examine the inferences learners draw about cumulative constraint violations in phonotactics in the absence of a confounding natural-language lexicon. I find that learners consistently infer linear counting and ganging cumulativity between a range of phonotactic violations.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004747
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Published in: Phonology 37(4), 2020, under the title "Constraint cumulativity in phonotactics: Evidence from Artificial Grammar Learning studies"
keywords: phonotactics, cumulative constraint interaction, gang effects, poverty of the stimulus, artificial grammar, counting cumulativity, ganging cumulativity
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