Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Albright, Adam (2008a)


This paper provides a model of analogical change based on a theory of paradigm acquisition by learners. For each lexical category, the surface form in a specific cell in the paradigm is selected as the base, and rules are formulated to infer other paradigmatic forms from the base. Each paradigm is stipulated to contain a single base; forms that cannot be deduced by rule from this base are memorized as irregular exceptions, liable to diachronic overregularization. The learner favours the generalizations with the greatest confidence score, where confidence involves a trade-off between reliability (accurate preservation of phonological and morphological contrasts) and amount of data. The tradeoff works in such a way that a relatively marked paradigmatic form may be chosen as the base if it is highly informative, but, if it is too infrequent to support generalizations with high confidence scores, it may lose to a more frequent, less informative form.

authorAlbright, Adam
titleExplaining universal tendencies and language particulars in analogical change
editorGood, Jeff
booktitleLinguistic universals and language change
publisherOxford University Press


    author = {Albright, Adam},
    year = {2008a},
    title = {Explaining universal tendencies and language particulars in analogical change},
    booktitle = {Linguistic universals and language change},
    editor = {Good, Jeff},
    address = {Oxford},
    publisher = {Oxford University Press},
    pages = {144-181},
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