Optimality Theory

Optimality Theory

English | 28 Jun. 1999 | ISBN: 0521580196, 0521589800 | 468 Pages | PDF | 22 MB

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;



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