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Stress in Mehweb: A Lexically Filled Optimality Theory Approach

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2014. No. WP BRP 19/LNG/2015.
There are two different ways to deal with exceptions in Optimality Theory (OT): Co-phonology and Indexed Constraints. Several works compare the two approaches claiming that the Co-phonology approach is more formally parsimonious than Indexed Constraint approach. This paper presents an analysis of the stress system in Mehweb (Dargwa, Nakh Daghestanian) using a modification of the Indexed Constraint approach, which I call “Lexically Filled OT”. I argue that this approach is more parsimonious than both Co-phonology and Indexed Constraints