What have representations ever done for us?

Welcome to the website for the Eastern Generative Grammar 2022 Brno class on phonological representations! This is a more advanced class aimed at those with some familiarity with phonological analysis (or willing to learn quickly). The main question that we will consider is this: why would we want to adopt a representational solution to a phonological problem? To do this, we need to understand three things:

Each class will focus on one or two data sets, both those of a ‘sanitized’ kind common in phonology teaching (and literature) and those highlighting the complexity of the phenomena and the potential of alternative accounts that do not involve representations, or are not even phonological. The puzzles aim to help you not just engage with the generalizations that have already been made for you but to hone your skills in extracting the substance of the phonological pattern from the raw data.