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Substance matters: a reply to Jardine (2016)

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Jardine (2016) claims that tonal phonology is more formally complex than the phonology of other segmental features, in that only tonal phonology goes beyond the class of weakly deterministic maps. He then goes on to argue that this formal distinction is superior to any available treatment in Optimality Theory. This reply points out that Jardine's formal distinction conflates attested and unattested tonal patterns, which can be distinguished in Optimality Theory, given a substantively defined constraint set.

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Thank you to the participants in UMass Ling 751 Spring 2016, in which this material was developed: Ivy Hauser, Coral Hughto, Leland Kusmer, Brandon Prickett and Amanda Rysling. Thanks also to Andrew Lamont for extensive discussion of related issues, and to Adam Jardine for his comments on the paper. This research was supported by NSF grant BCS-424077 to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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