This paper presents an analysis of allophony, exceptionality, and variation in Modern Hebrew spirantization within a single grammar. The proposed account handles both regularly spirantizing and exceptional segments by extending the set-based approach of Pater (2000) to the segmental level. In this approach, exceptional segments (which do not vary) are members of a set which is indexed to a faithfulness constraint that dominates the markedness constraints driving spirantization. Variation in regularly alternating segments—which was found in an acceptability rating task—is accounted for through stochastic ranking of the relevant markedness constraints.
Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
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