Optimality Theory by Rene KagerOptimality Theory by Rene Kager

Optimality Theory

byRene Kager

Hardcover | June 28, 1999

Pricing and Purchase Info

$139.95

Earn 700 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Out of stock online

Not available in stores

about

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.
Title:Optimality TheoryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.3 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 1.3 inPublished:June 28, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521580196

ISBN - 13:9780521580199

Reviews

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.

From Our Editors

Begin to understand why our language is the way it is with the help of this introductory book. Optimality Theory does not limit its empirical scope to phonological phenomena, but also contains chapters on OT’s grammars. This book is a must-read for any linguist with a basic knowledge of derivational Generative Phonology.

Editorial Reviews

"Kager's book provides a comprehensive overview of OT theory and practice....It is noteworthy for its attention to detail and its analysis of arguments." Lanuage in Society