Derivations and Constraints in Phonology

Paperback | July 1, 1997

EditorIggy Roca

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For the first time in over thirty years a revolution is happening in phonology, with the advent of constraint-based approaches which directly oppose the rule-and-derivation tradition of mainstream Generative Phonology. The success of Optimality Theory and the rapidity of its spread since itsofficial launch in 1993 is remarkable even by the general standards of most post-1950s linguistics. Many phonologists appear to have been caught up in the whirlwind, as witnessed in the substance of many current working papers and conferences the world over, and the recent contents ofwell-established journals. Two questions naturally arise: What is Optimality Theory about? In what way is Optimality Theory superior to traditional theory, if indeed it is? In this book, leading specialists and active researchers address these issues directly, and focus deliberately on the evaluation of the two competing approaches rather than on simple displays of their applicability to limited bodies of data.

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For the first time in over thirty years a revolution is happening in phonology, with the advent of constraint-based approaches which directly oppose the rule-and-derivation tradition of mainstream Generative Phonology. The success of Optimality Theory and the rapidity of its spread since itsofficial launch in 1993 is remarkable even by...

Iggy Roca is at University of Essex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:614 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PrefacePART I Preliminaries1. Iggy Roca: Derivations or Constraints, or Derivations and Constraints?2. Nicholas Sherrard: Questions of Priorities: An Introduction to Optimality Theory in PhonologyPART II Theoretical Investigations3. Sylvain Bromberger and Morris Halle: The Contents of Phonological Status4. Scott Myers: Expressing Phonetic Naturalness in Phonology5. Douglas Pulleyblank: Gradient RetreatPART III Empirical Studies6. Diana Archangeli and Keiichiro Suzuki: The Yokuts Challenge7. Juliette Blevins: Rules in Optimality Theory: Two Case Studies8. Geert Booij: Non-derivational Phonology Meets Lexical Phonology9. G. N. Clements: Berber Syllabification: Derivations or Constraints?10. Morris Halle and William Idsardi: /r/ Hypercorrection and the Elsewhere Condition11. Michael Hammond: Underlying Representations in Optimality Theory12. William Idsardi: Phonological Derivations and Historical Changes in Hebrew Spirantization13. Sharon Inkelas, Orhan Orgun, and Cheryl Zoll: Exceptions and Static Phonological Patterns14. Junko Ito and Armin Mester: Correspondence and Compositionality: The Ga-gyo Variation in Japanese Phonology15. Rene Kager: Rhythmic Vowel Deletion in Optimality Theory16. Rolf Noyer: Attic Greek Accentuation and Intermediate Derivational Representation17. Carole Paradis: Non-transparent Constraints and Intermediate Derivational Representations18. Jerzy Rubach: Extrasyllabic Consonants in Polish: Derivational Optimality TheoryIndex

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`A "must-have" and "must-study in detail" for every phonologist, and any other linguist, who wants to keep abreast of the latest developments in this popular framework ... this is an extraordinarily rich volume in terms of data, analyses and ideas. It is therefore highly recommended for allwho want to be informed about current issues in phonology in general, and in Optimality Theory specifically.'Glot International