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!