By John J. McCarthy

ISBN-10: 0521791944

ISBN-13: 9780521791946

ISBN-10: 052179644X

ISBN-13: 9780521796446

This publication describes Optimality idea from the head down, explaining and exploring the relevant premises of OT and the result of their praxis. Examples are drawn from phonology, morphology, and syntax, however the emphasis all through is at the conception instead of the examples, on knowing what's unique approximately OT and on equipping readers to use it, expand it, and critique it of their personal parts of curiosity. to augment the book's usefulness for researchers in allied disciplines, the topdown view of OT extends to paintings on first- and second-language acquisition, phonetics and sensible phonology, computational linguistics, historic linguistics, and sociolinguistics. in addition, to situate OT for these coming from different traditions, this publication additionally includes a lot dialogue of OT's highbrow origins, its predecessors, and its modern rivals. each one bankruptcy concludes with huge feedback for extra studying, categorised by way of issues, and supplemented via a major bibliography (over 800 items). The e-book ends with a listing of commonly asked questions on Optimality thought, with short solutions and tips that could a fuller remedy within the text.

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