Papers

Authored and Coauthored Papers

Tesar, Bruce. 2014. When Worst is Best: Grammar Construction in Phonological Learning. In The Proceedings of NELS 43, Vol. 2, pp. 167-180. ROA-1185. 14 pages.

Tesar, Bruce. 2012. Learning Phonological Grammars for Output-Driven Maps. In The Proceedings of NELS 39. ROA-1013. 14 pages.

Tesar, Bruce. 2008. Output-Driven Maps. Manuscript, Linguistics Dept., Rutgers University. ROA-956. 75 pages.

Tesar, Bruce. 2007. A Comparison of Lexicographic and Linear Numeric Optimization Using Violation Difference Ratios. Manuscript, Linguistics Dept., Rutgers University. ROA-939. 26 pages.

Tesar, Bruce. 2006. Faithful contrastive features in learning. Cognitive Science 30:5, 863-903.

Tesar, Bruce. 2006. Learning from paradigmatic information. In The Proceedings of NELS 36. ROA-795. 20 pages.

Merchant, Nazarré, & Bruce Tesar. 2005/2008. Learning underlying forms by searching restricted lexical subspaces. In The Proceedings of CLS 41 (2005). ROA-811. 15 pages.

Alderete, John, Adrian Brasoveanu, Nazarré Merchant, Alan Prince, & Bruce Tesar. 2005. Contrast analysis aids in the learning of phonological underlying forms. In The Proceedings of WCCFL 24, pp. 34-42.

Tesar, Bruce. 2004. Contrast analysis in phonological learning. Manuscript, Linguistics Dept., Rutgers University. ROA-695. 32 pages.

Prince, Alan, and Tesar, Bruce. 2004. Learning phonotactic distributions. In Constraints in Phonological Acquisition, ed. by René Kager, Joe Pater, and Wim Zonneveld, 245-291. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Revised version of Technical Report RuCCS-TR-54, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University, 1999)

Tesar, Bruce, & Alan Prince. 2003/2007. Using phonotactics to learn phonological alternations. In The Proceedings of CLS 39 (2003), Vol. II: The Panels, 209-237. ROA-620.

Tesar, Bruce, John Alderete, Graham Horwood, Nazarré Merchant, Koichi Nishitani, and Alan Prince. 2003. Surgery in language learning. In The Proceedings of WCCFL 22, pp. 477-490. ROA-619. See also Tesar et. al. 2002.

Alderete, John, and Bruce Tesar. 2002. Learning covert phonological interaction: an analysis of the problem posed by the interaction of stress and epenthesis. RuCCS Technical Report TR-72, Rutgers University. ROA-543. 12 pages.

Tesar, Bruce. 2002. Enforcing grammatical restrictiveness can help resolve structural ambiguity. In The Proceedings of WCCFL 21, pp. 443-456. ROA-618.

Tesar, Bruce, John Alderete, Graham Horwood, Koichi Nishitani, and Alan Prince. 2002. The PAKA World. Manuscript, Linguistics Dept., Rutgers University. 7 pages.

Tesar, Bruce. 2000. Using inconsistency detection to overcome structural ambiguity in language learning. Technical Report RuCCS-TR-58, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University. ROA-426. 41 pages.

Tesar, Bruce. 1999. Robust interpretive parsing in metrical stress theory. In The Proceedings of WCCFL 17, pp. 625-639. ROA-262.

Tesar, Bruce. 1998. An iterative strategy for language learning. Lingua 104:131-145. 25 pages.

Tesar, Bruce, and Paul Smolensky. 1998. Learnability in Optimality Theory. Linguistic Inquiry 29:229-268.

Tesar, Bruce, and Paul Smolensky. 1996. Learnability in Optimality Theory (short version). Technical Report JHU-CogSci-96-2, Cognitive Science Department, The Johns Hopkins University. ROA-155. 64 pages.
A revised version of this paper has appeared as Tesar & Smolensky 1998: Learnability in Optimality Theory. Linguistic Inquiry 29:229-268.

Tesar, Bruce. 1996. Computing optimal descriptions for Optimality Theory grammars with context-free position structures. In The Proceedings of ACL 34, 101-107.

Tesar, Bruce. 1995. Computational Optimality Theory. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder. ROA-90. 121 pages.

Supervised Dissertations

Houghton, Paula. 2014. Switch Languages: Theoretical Consequence and Empirical Reality. Doctoral Dissertation, Rutgers University, New Brunswick (co-supervised with Alan Prince). 247 pages.

Akers, Crystal. 2012. Commitment-Based Learning of Hidden Linguistic Structures. Doctoral Dissertation, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. 446 pages.

Merchant, Nazarré. 2008. Discovering Underlying Forms: Contrast Pairs and Ranking. Doctoral Dissertation, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. 199 pages.