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Optimality Theory : Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics - Rene Kager

Optimality Theory

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1999
ISBN: 9780521580199
Number Of Pages: 468

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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.

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"This volume is an excellent introduction to the principles and worlings of optimality theory, a relatively new constraint-based framework...a superior introduction to the most current version of optamality theory..." Studies in Second Language Acquisition "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

Conflicts in grammars
The typology of structural changes
Syllable structure and economy
Metrical structure and parallelism
Correspondence in reduplication
Output-to-output correspondence
Learning OT grammars
Extensions to syntax
Residual issues
Index of languages
Index of subjects
Index of constraints
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ISBN: 9780521580199
ISBN-10: 0521580196
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 28th June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.99  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.84

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