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Rule Insertion

Robert D. King
Language
Vol. 49, No. 3 (Sep., 1973), pp. 551-578
DOI: 10.2307/412351
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/412351
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

The claim that rule insertion-rule addition anywhere in the middle of a grammar-is a possible type of phonological change is considered and rejected. Some putative cases of rule insertion are shown to reduce to rule re-orderings governed by revised constraints on re-ordering; others involve non-controversial rule addition prior to the phonetic rules of a grammar; remaining cases of apparent rule insertion are the fictitious consequence of incorrect analyses. New phonological rules can be added at only one point: at the end of the phonological rules but prior to the low-level phonetic rules.

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