Synopses & Reviews
This is an introduction to Optimality Theory, whose central idea is that surface forms of language reflect resolutions of conflicts between competing constraints. 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. 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.
"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
First ever textbook on Optimality Theory, a major new area of linguistic theory.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Conflicts in grammars; 2. The typology of structural changes; 3. Syllable structure and economy; 4. Metrical structure and parallelism; 5. Correspondence in reduplication; 6. Output-to-output correspondence; 7. Learning OT grammars; 8. Extensions to syntax; 9. Residual issues; References; Index of languages; Index of subjects; Index of constraints.