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Optimality Theory and Language Change : Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory - D. Eric Holt

Optimality Theory and Language Change

Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

By: D. Eric Holt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st August 2003
ISBN: 9781402014703
Number Of Pages: 463

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Optimality Theory and Language Change
-discusses many optimization and linguistic issues in great detail;
-treats the history of a variety of languages, including English, French, Germanic, Galician/Portuguese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish;
-shows that the application of OT allows for innovative and improved analyses;
-allows researchers that appeal to OT to see the connections of their (usually synchronic) work with diachronic studies;
-contains a complete bibliography on Optimality Theory and language change.

This volume may be used as one of the texts in courses on historical phonology or syntax that treat these topics from generative approaches or that give a general survey of various frameworks of research into these areas. Likewise, the volume may serve as a text for courses in phonology, syntax and Optimality Theory that have a component dedicated to extensions of linguistic theory to historical change. It is of interest for historical linguists, researchers into Optimality Theory and linguistic theory, and for phonologists and syntacticians with an interest in historical change.

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Optimality Theory and Language Change: Overview and Theoretical Issues
Remarks on Optimatility Theory and language change
The odds of eternal optimization in Optimality Theory
On re-ranking and explanatory adequacy in a constraint-based theory of phonological change
The actuation problem in Optimality Theory: Phonologization, rule inversion and rule loss
When history doesn't repeat itself: Optimality Theory and implausible sound changes
Language change without constraint reranking
Case Studies of Phonological Change
English vowel shifts and "optimal" diphthongs: Is there a logical link?
Merger avoidance and lexical reconstruction: An OT model of the Great Vowel Shift
The emergence of quantitiy-sensitivity in Latin: Secondary stress, lambic Shortening and theorectical implications for "mixed" stress systems
Some interactions between word, foot and syllable structure in the history of the Spanish language
The emergence of palatal sonorants and alternating diphthongs in Old Spanish
The emergence of contrastive palatalization in Russian
Case Studies of Syntactic Change
How to rank constraints: Constraint conflict, grammatical competition and the rise of periphrastic do
Historical changes in verb-second and null subjects from Old to Modern French
Bibliography on Optimality Theory and language change
References
Indices: Names, Languages, Constraints, Terms
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ISBN: 9781402014703
ISBN-10: 1402014708
Series: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 463
Published: 31st August 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.59 x 15.7  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.75

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