The distributional properties of sound in natural languages are explained by appeal to a level of underlying structure in addition to the level of observed phonetic or surface representation (chapter 1: underlying representations), and to a function that maps underlying representations into surface representations. This function has been conceived since the beginning of generative grammar as an ordered set of rules. In this chapter I will first introduce the main properties of rule ordering and the arguments for ordering rules (§1), and I will review various proposals to modify rule ordering in early generative phonology (§2), including cyclic ordering (§3). In §4 I discuss feeding, bleeding, and similar interactions in more detail, §5 discusses serial ordering and parallel approaches, and §6 draws some conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Companion to Phonology
EditorsMarc van Oostendorp, Colin J. Ewen, Elizabeth Hume, Keren Rice
Place of PublicationOxford (GB)
Number of pages384
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4443-3526-2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2011

Publication series

NameBlackwell companions to linguistics series


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