Is Malay grammar uniform? A constraint-based analysis

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Abstract

This paper presents phonological systems of Malay grammar. Focusing on prefixation, which includes single and multiple prefixation in Malay, this study claims that the grammar of Malay is not completely uniform. The occurrence of nasal and voiceless obstruent clusters is not always resolved by nasal substitution, as claimed by previous Malay scholars regarding the clusters. Based on evidence from one million words obtained from the DBP-UKM corpus database, I further claim that Malay has co-existent grammars, one of which allows nasal and voiceless obstruent clusters, while another does not. This paper proposes that the co-existent grammars in Malay can satisfactorily be explained by adopting a constraint-based analysis named Optimality theory (Prince and Smolensky, 1993).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages109-125
Number of pages17
Volume8036 LNCS
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event18th International Conference on Formal Grammar, FG 2013 - Dusseldorf
Duration: 10 Aug 201311 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8036 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other18th International Conference on Formal Grammar, FG 2013
CityDusseldorf
Period10/8/1311/8/13

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Grammar
Substitution reactions
Substitution
Optimality

Keywords

  • Malay
  • nasal substitution
  • Optimality theory
  • prefixation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Syed Jaafar, S. R. (2013). Is Malay grammar uniform? A constraint-based analysis. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 8036 LNCS, pp. 109-125). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 8036 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39998-5_7

Is Malay grammar uniform? A constraint-based analysis. / Syed Jaafar, Sharifah Raihan.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 8036 LNCS 2013. p. 109-125 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 8036 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Syed Jaafar, SR 2013, Is Malay grammar uniform? A constraint-based analysis. in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). vol. 8036 LNCS, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 8036 LNCS, pp. 109-125, 18th International Conference on Formal Grammar, FG 2013, Dusseldorf, 10/8/13. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39998-5_7
Syed Jaafar SR. Is Malay grammar uniform? A constraint-based analysis. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 8036 LNCS. 2013. p. 109-125. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39998-5_7
Syed Jaafar, Sharifah Raihan. / Is Malay grammar uniform? A constraint-based analysis. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 8036 LNCS 2013. pp. 109-125 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
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