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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2018, Vol. 49, No. 3, Pages 577-598
(doi: 10.1162/ling_a_00283)
© 2018 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Output-Drivenness and Partial Phonological Features
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Tesar (2014) develops the notion of output-drivenness, provides guarantees that Optimality Theory grammars satisfy it, and demonstrates its learnability implications. This article discusses the extension of Tesar’s theory to a representational framework with partial phonological features. It considers a hierarchy of notions of output-drivenness of increasing strength that can be defined within this extended framework. It determines the strongest notion of output-drivenness that holds in the case of partial features. And it shows that the learnability implications discussed by Tesar carry over to a framework with partial features only if feature undefinedness is effectively treated by identity faithfulness constraints as an additional feature value.