Harmonic Serialism and Finite-State Optimality Theory

Yiding Hao
2019 Journal of Language Modelling  
This paper analyzes the language-theoretic complexity of Harmonic Serialism (HS), a derivational variant of Optimality Theory. I show that HS can generate non-rational relations using strictly local markedness constraints, proving the "result" of Hao (2017) , that HS is rational under those assumptions, to be incorrect. This is possible because deletions performed in a particular order have the ability to enforce nesting dependencies over long distances. I argue that coordinated deletions form
more » ... ted deletions form a canonical characterization of non-rational relations definable in HS.
doi:10.15398/jlm.v7i2.210 fatcat:fg4yo2k7ifg2lar5x2mq65mt54