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

By John J. McCarthy

This ebook describes Optimality conception from the head down, explaining and exploring the valuable 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 realizing what's certain approximately OT and on equipping readers to use it, expand it, and critique it of their personal components 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 useful phonology, computational linguistics, ancient linguistics, and sociolinguistics. additionally, to situate OT for these coming from different traditions, this booklet additionally comprises a lot dialogue of OT's highbrow origins, its predecessors, and its modern opponents. each one bankruptcy concludes with large feedback for extra interpreting, categorized by way of subject matters, and supplemented via an incredible bibliography (over 800 items). The e-book ends with a listing of commonly asked questions on Optimality conception, with short solutions and tips that could a fuller therapy within the text.

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