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Optimality Theory (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521580199
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date: Jun 28, 1999
  • Pages: 468 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.98 x 8.98 x 5.98 inches


This is an introduction to Optimality Theory, whose central idea is that surface forms of language reflect resolutions of conflicts between competing constraints. 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. 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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