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Time and Phonology: Precedence-Based Representations

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Time and Phonology: Precedence-Based Representations

Dabbous, Rim (2023) Time and Phonology: Precedence-Based Representations. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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A major factor hindering the establishment of a successful neuroscience of phonology centers around the biological viability of a given phonological framework. The ultimate aim of this project is to find potential alignments between linguistics and neuroscience. In this vein, the main topic of the thesis rests upon establishing the minimal complexity requirements for a phonological representation that is biologically plausible, cognitively sound, and empirically motivated. Heeding Minimalist proposals (Chomsky, 1995) that encourage efficiency in computation and economy in representation, I embark on an in-depth exploration of the parameters of cognition that are necessary and sufficient in a phonological representation while discounting the processes and parameters that can be said to be “domain-general”. To that end, I take seriously Ernst Po ̈ppel’s (2004) exhortation to consider the role of temporal events like linear order and precedence in the study of cognitive systems like phonology by surveying the literature on time perception. The conclusions support a separation of order from phonological representations, extending the scope of substance-freeness (Hale and Reiss, 2000) by characterizing order as substance. Such an approach can contribute to thoroughly defining the object of study and offer insight that narrows the search space for potential bridges.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Dabbous, Rim
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:3 March 2023
Thesis Supervisor(s):Reiss, Charles
ID Code:992375
Deposited By: Rim Dabbous
Deposited On:17 Nov 2023 19:05
Last Modified:17 Nov 2023 19:05

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