Positive constraints and finite goodness

Posted on September 28, 2016 by

Wendell Kimper has a new chapter out in a book on Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism, edited by John J. McCarthy and Joe Pater. His chapter is titled Positive Constraints and Finite Goodness in Harmonic Serialism, and argues that phonological constraints that assign rewards – rather than penalties – provide better empirical coverage when it comes to harmony processes.

Miraculously, the paper is able to overcome the Infinite Goodness problem, even though it is infinitely good. Congratulations, Wendell!