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I'm working on a paper on the history of computational phonology.

As I understand it, Chomsky & Halle's SPE acted as a catalyst for research in the field, namely by laying the foundations for two-level models and POS taggers. Fraser and Bobrow designed the first phonological rule-testing system the same year (1968).

The introduction of automata in phonological rule systems by Kaplan and Kay, years later, seems to be a turning point. Prince and Smolensky's Optimality Theory in the mid 90's as well.

What are other important papers / innovations in computational phonology? I am still doing research, but your input is most welcome. This is my list so far:

  • Bobrow, D. G., & Fraser, J. B. (1968). A phonological rule tester. Communications of the ACM, 11, 766-772.
  • Chomsky, N., & Halle, M. (1968). The sound pattern of English. New York, NY: Harper & Row.
  • Kaplan, R. N., & Kay, M. (1994). Regular models of phonological rule systems. Computational Linguistics, 20(3), 331-378.
  • Koskenniemi, K. (1984). Two-level morphology: A general computational model for word-form recognition and production. Helsinki: University of Helsinki.
  • Prince, A., & Smolensky, P. (1993). Optimality Theory: Constraint interaction in generative grammar (Tech Report CU-CS-533-91). Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Boulder.

Thank you very much!

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    I am not sure if this paper is considered landmark enough, but it is a good survey and starting point (in particular the claim that all phonological patterns are (sub-)regular is stressed): udel.edu/~heinz/papers/Heinz-2011-CPF.pdf – user3898238 Dec 11 '14 at 5:15
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    I see that you include a paper on computational morphology. Albright and Hayes [1] wrote a seminal paper on the English past tense which presents a phonological rule learner (Minimal Generalization Learner downloadable at link) [1] (2003) Adam Albright and Bruce Hayes. Rules vs. analogy in English past tenses: a computational/experimental Study. Cognition 90:119-161. – RNG Dec 11 '14 at 12:02
  • @user3898238 Thank you. I don't know that Heinz's paper is influential, but as you said, it should lead me to others that are. – fenceop Dec 11 '14 at 14:08
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    @coffeemachine Yes, I included it because Koskenniemi introduced a formalism that is used in phonological rule systems. Bird (1994) also stated that what we call finite-state morphology should often be be referred to as morphophonology. Thank you for sharing Albright and Hayes's paper. – fenceop Dec 11 '14 at 14:14

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