Optimality Theory: Phonology, Syntax, and Acquisition

Hardcover | October 26, 2000

EditorJoost Dekkers, Frank van der Leeuw, Jeroen Van De Weijer

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Optimality Theory substitutes constraints for rules in universal grammar and linguistic performance. Constraints are ranked so that a lower-ranked constraint may be violated in order to satisfy a higher. OT has revolutionized phonological theory, and its insights are now being applied to othercentral aspects of language. This book presents the first fruits of such research as applied to syntax and to language acquisition, as well as considering the main lines of attack on OT by rule-based grammarians (for example, that constraints are ad hoc, limitless, or themselves containrules).

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Optimality Theory substitutes constraints for rules in universal grammar and linguistic performance. Constraints are ranked so that a lower-ranked constraint may be violated in order to satisfy a higher. OT has revolutionized phonological theory, and its insights are now being applied to othercentral aspects of language. This book pres...

Joost Dekkers and Frank van der Leeuw are both at the University of Amsterdam. Jeroen van de Weijer is at Leiden University.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 26, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198238430

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IntroductionPaul Boersma, Joost Dekkers, and Jeroen van de Weijer: Optimality Theory: Phonology, Syntax, and AcquisitionPart Ia: Phonology - Prosodic RepresentationsLuigi Burzio: Cycles, Non-Derived-Environment Blocking and CorrespondenceBruce Hayes: Gradient Well-Formedness in Optimality TheoryRene Kager: Stem Stress and Peak Correspondence in DutchJohn McCarthy: Faithfulness and Prosodic CircumscriptionPart Ib: Phonology - Segmental PhonologyHaike Jacobs and Carlos Gussenhoven: Loan Phonology: Perception, Salience, the Lexicon, and OTDarlene LaCharite and Carole Paradis: Derivational Residue: Hidden Rules in OTNorval Smith: Dependency Theory Meets OT: A Proposal for a New Approach to Segmental StructurePart II: SyntaxPeter Ackema and Ad Neeleman: Absolute UngrammaticalityStephen R. Anderson: Toward an Optimal Account of Second Position PhenomenaJoan Bresnan: Optimal SyntaxHans Broekhuis and Joost Dekkers: Minimalism and OT: Derivations and FiltersGeraldine Legendre: Morphological and Prosodic Alignment of Bulgarian CliticsPart III: The Acquisition of Syntax and PhonologyPaul Boersma: Learning a Grammar in Functional PhonologyMark Ellison: The Universal Constraint Set: Convention not FactDouglas Pulleyblank and William Turkel: Learning Phonology: Genetic Algorithms and Yoruba Tongue Root HarmonyBruce Tesar: Optimality and Strict Domination in Language Learning