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Syntax without Syntax -- Qualifying Paper

This is the git repo for a qualifying paper of mine.

Topic

The general thesis is that word order parameters can be modeled as falling out from prosodic differences, which can be modeled Optimality Theoretically.

"License"

Cite with proper credit.

Smith, Luke. 2017. Syntax without Syntax.

To-Do

From committee:

  1. Be more explicit about the nature of your input representation. For example, what do you mean by S, V, and O. Are these syntactic, semantic, what? Prima facie, your inputs seem to be syntactic objects, despite the preceding prose, so please address this explicitly.

  2. Be more careful in the initial framing language for the paper. In fact, the safest thing might be to prune a lot of that back.

  3. Make clear your assumptions about the how S, V, and O are stressed. Is this a stipulation? Does this follow form something? There was particular concern about O getting "strong" stress, so be sure to address this.

  4. You need tableaux to justify each constraint as you introduce them.

  5. There are several literatures that you need to respond to. This response should come AFTER you present your own analysis and should definitely include work on parallel architectures, e.g. autolexical syntax, Fitzgerald's work, and Mike's work.