|Institution(en)||University of Pennsylvania|
|Ort||ZAS, 3rd floor, room 308 (Trajekteraum)|
The traditional organization of phonological theories involves a crucial redundancy, which poses a problem for language learners as well as linguists. Allophonic variation can be treated in two different ways:
first, as a mapping from symbols to symbols, via phonological rules or constraints; or second, as a mapping from symbols to signals, via principles of phonetic realization. Careful examination of specific cases of allophonic variation generally suggests (and never seems to
refute) a mode of description of the second type, in which structured phonological representations are mapped onto classes of phonetic trajectories. We should therefore consider the null hypothesis: a theory that entirely eliminates the symbolic treatment of allophonic variation, and makes post-lexical representations subject to direct phonetic interpretation, without any intervening symbol-manipulation.