By John J. McCarthy

ISBN-10: 0521791944

ISBN-13: 9780521791946

ISBN-10: 052179644X

ISBN-13: 9780521796446

This publication describes Optimality conception from the pinnacle 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 idea instead of the examples, on knowing what's particular 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 practical phonology, computational linguistics, old linguistics, and sociolinguistics. in addition, to situate OT for these coming from different traditions, this ebook additionally includes a lot dialogue of OT's highbrow origins, its predecessors, and its modern rivals. every one bankruptcy concludes with vast feedback for extra examining, labeled by way of themes, and supplemented by means of a major bibliography (over 800 items). The booklet ends with an inventory of commonly asked questions about Optimality thought, with short solutions and tips that could a fuller remedy within the text.

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