Serialism has played a major role in much of modern phonological theory, from the ordered rules of Sound Patterns of English to the ordered levels of Lexical Phonology. With the advent of Optimality Theory, serialism took a back seat to parallel evaluation. With some of the shortcomings of a fully parallel Optimality Theory, there has been much work on reintroducing some aspects of serialism, while maintaining the key benefit of the theory, that it is predictive and not merely descriptive. This dissertation proposes a framework in which serialism is included in two ways, as a component of Gen, as in Harmonic Serialism and as morphological levels, as in Stratal OT, with the goal of exploring the set of typological prediction of the framework and its implications for phonological theory.
Chapter 1 provides an overview of serialism in constraint-based frameworks of phonological theory and its relation to the proposed framework. Chapter 2 is a case study of tonal opacity in Kikerewe, using the proposed framework of Stratal Harmonic Serialism. Chapter 3 provides a typology of predicted grammars in the domain of syllable structure. Chapter 4 investigates the interaction between phonology and morphology in the theory, and the implications. Chapter 5 concludes with a summary of the contributions.
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