Optimality Theory

Author(s): Rene Kager; S. R. Anderson (Contribution by); J. Bresnan (Contribution by); B. Comrie (Contribution by); W. Dressler (Contribution by); C. J. Ewen (Contribution by)

Linguistics

This is an introduction to Optimality Theory, whose central idea is that surface forms of language reflect resolutions of conflicts between competing constraints. A surface form is optimal if it incurs the least serious violations of a set of constraints, taking into account their hierarchical ranking. Languages differ in the ranking of constraints; and any violations must be minimal. The book does not limit its empirical scope to phonological phenomena, but also contains chapters on the learnability of OT grammars; OT s implications for syntax; and other issues such as opacity. It also reviews in detail a selection of the considerable research output which OT has already produced. Exercises accompany chapters 1-7, and there are sections on further reading. Optimality Theory will be welcomed by any linguist with a basic knowledge of derivational Generative Phonology."


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General Fields

  • : 9780521589802
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : January 2012
  • : 3 Centimeters X 15.4 Centimeters X 22.8 Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : very good
  • : 452
  • : Rene Kager; S. R. Anderson (Contribution by); J. Bresnan (Contribution by); B. Comrie (Contribution by); W. Dressler (Contribution by); C. J. Ewen (Contribution by)
  • : Paperback
  • : English