A Thematic Guide to Optimality Theory (Research Surveys in by John J. McCarthy PDF

By John J. McCarthy

This ebook describes Optimality idea from the pinnacle down, explaining and exploring the critical 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 concept instead of the examples, on figuring out what's precise approximately OT and on equipping readers to use it, expand it, and critique it of their personal parts of curiosity. to reinforce 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, old linguistics, and sociolinguistics. in addition, to situate OT for these coming from different traditions, this ebook additionally comprises a lot dialogue of OT's highbrow origins, its predecessors, and its modern opponents. every one bankruptcy concludes with broad feedback for extra examining, categorized by means of themes, and supplemented by way of an immense bibliography (over 800 items). The ebook 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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