This paper presents a model of the typological frequency of stress patterns that integrates a proposed bias against final stress with a grammatical learning simulation. In iterated learning simulations, this type of nonfinality bias is shown to lead to increased frequency of right-edge fixed stress systems, trochaic stress, and right-edge stress windows. This model demonstrates a general approach that augments generative grammatical systems with production or perception biases to address frequency tendencies. This allows the validation of theories by testing the whole proposed system together.
Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Kyeong-min Kim, Pocholo Umbal, Trevor Block, Queenie Chan, Tanie Cheng, Kelli Finney, Mara Katz, Sophie Nickel-Thompson, and Lisa Shorten Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-469-0 library binding
viii + 426 pages
publication date: 2016
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA