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date: 26 May 2020

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The chapter reports a current, basic understanding of the nature and facts of acquiring morpho-phonology—what needs to be learned, how it is observed to be learned, and how these observations might be explained by theories of learning. It begins with adult typological data that address the question of how much of a language’s alternations can or cannot be predicted from its phonology alone and summarizes how this typology is treated, especially in rule-based and constraint-based phonological grammars. The second section presents some empirical observations about morpho-phonological acquisition and considers several important views of how alternations are acquired.

Keywords: morpho-phonology, alternations, paradigms, underlying representations, constraint-based grammars, analogy, wug tests

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