Aaron Kaplan

Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Linguistics

Languages & Communication Bldg.
255 S. Central Campus Dr. Rm. 2300
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0492

My research probes the kinds of operations phonological theory must formalize. Noniterative and optional processes are central to this endeavor because they seem to require explicit mention of processes (as opposed to surface-form criteria), which OT eschews. I am also interested in prominence-based licensing phenomena, in which some element is permitted only if it has membership in some prominent position such as a stressed syllable. The range of phenomena of this sort imposes stringent demands on the constraint types (Positional Licensing and Positional Faithfulness) that produce them; my research aims to refine these constraints to reflect the typology of prominence-based systems and examine the behavior of these constraints in different frameworks: OT, Harmonic Grammar, Harmonic Serialism, etc.

Last Updated: October 13, 2015

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