Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar / Edition 1

Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar / Edition 1

by Alan Prince, Paul Smolensky
     
 

Available for the first time in book form, Prince and Smolensky's Optimality Theory is the seminal work in the field. This influential work:

• Defines grammatical well-formedness as optimality with respect to a ranked set of universal constraints

• Presents the theory both through examples and formally, emphasizing its core

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Overview

Available for the first time in book form, Prince and Smolensky's Optimality Theory is the seminal work in the field. This influential work:

• Defines grammatical well-formedness as optimality with respect to a ranked set of universal constraints

• Presents the theory both through examples and formally, emphasizing its core commitments: strict domination, the Markedness/Faithfulness distinction, strong universality of the constraint set, interlinguistic variation as variation in ranking

• Illuminates generalization patterns shared across empirically diverse phenomena ranging from epenthesis to infixation to complex dependencies among prominence, syllabification, stress and word-form

• Derives universals of basic syllable structure and constructs a prosodic theory based on multipolar scales, laying the groundwork for a domain-general approach to gradient interactions

• Shows how to obtain universal and language-particular inventories, identifies the role of optimality in structuring the lexicon, and deals with key foundational issues.

For the newcomer, this pivotal work serves as an excellent introduction to the principles and practice of Optimality Theory. For the professional audience, it will suggest many directions for further exploration and development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405119320
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/04/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Preliminaries1
Pt. IOptimality and constraint interaction11
2Optimality in grammar : core syllabification in Imdlawn Tashlhiyt Berber14
3Generalization-forms in domination hierarchies I : do something only when : triggering, or the theory of economy27
4Generalization-forms in domination hierarchies II : do something except when : blocking, or the theory of profuseness39
5The construction of grammar in optimality theory80
Pt. IISyllable theory101
6Syllable structure typology : the CV theory105
7Constraint interaction in Lardil phonology119
8Universal syllable theory : ordinal construction of C/V and onset/coda licensing asymmetry150
Pt. IIIIssues and answers in optimality theory203
9Inventory theory and the lexicon207
10Foundational issues and theory-comparisons232

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