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Optimality Theory

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  • Author: Rene Kager, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511038600

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  • 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.

    • First ever textbook on major new area of phonology, Optimality Theory
    • Book has been tested on students at Stanford and in Europe
    • Author well connected, and contacts likely to use the book with their students
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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511038600
    • contains: 17 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Conflicts in grammars
    2. The typology of structural changes
    3. Syllable structure and economy
    4. Metrical structure and parallelism
    5. Correspondence in reduplication
    6. Output-to-output correspondence
    7. Learning OT grammars
    8. Extensions to syntax
    9. Residual issues
    References
    Index of languages
    Index of subjects
    Index of constraints.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Phonology
    • Intermed Phonology
    • Speech sounds and structure
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    Rene Kager, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands

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