Optimality Theory in Phonology: A Reader / Edition 1

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Optimality Theory in Phonology: A Reader is a collection of readings on this important new theory by leading figures in the field, including a lengthy excerpt from Prince and Smolensky’s never-before-published Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar.

  • Compiles the most important readings about Optimality Theory in phonology from some of the most prominent researchers in the field.
  • Contains 33 excerpts spanning a range of topics in phonology and including many never-before-published papers.
  • Includes a lengthy excerpt from Prince and Smolensky’s foundational 1993 manuscript Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar.
  • Includes introductory notes and study/research questions for each chapter.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is the book we have all been waiting for. By 'we' I mean everybody who is not a cutting-edge researcher in OT phonology but who hopes to become one, or who needs to know about OT in order to teach phonology in an up-to-date fashion, or who is interested in what has been perhaps the most vigorous and fruitful trend in generative linguistic theory in the last decade." The Linguist List

"Optimality Theory in Phonology goes far beyond the trite ‘required reading for linguists’ seen on many book jackets. John McCarthy's introductions to each chapter and study questions/discussion points at the end create a volume that is coherent, thought-provoking, and fun. The selection of articles included, the careful editing, and the thoughtful organization of the chapters render this work invaluable. The result is a clear three-way focus on the precise nature of the theory itself, its implications, and its empirical justification." Diana Archangeli, University of Arizona

"By carefully selecting and editing the most relevant and influential papers of the early years of Optimality Theory, John McCarthy accomplishes the unlikely feat of combining the depth of the original articles with the comprehensive coverage of a well-balanced textbook. His graded 'study and research questions' will both guide the novice and challenge the expert." Paul Boersma, University of Amsterdam

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631226895
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/20/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. McCarthy is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His widely cited but unpublished manuscript “Prosodic Morphology I: Constraint Interaction and Satisfaction” (with Alan Prince, 1993) has been an important factor in the dissemination of Optimality Theory.He is also the author of Formal Problems in Semitic Phonology and Morphology (1985) and A Thematic Guide to Optimality Theory (2002).

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Table of Contents

Contributors' Addresses
Pt. I The Basics 1
1 Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar 3
2 Generalized Alignment: Introduction and Theory 72
3 Faithfulness and Identity in Prosodic Morphology 77
Pt. II Formal Analysis 99
4 Computing Optimal Forms in Optimality Theory: Basic Syllabification 101
5 Learnability in Optimality Theory 118
6 Non-computable Functions in Optimality Theory 141
Pt. III Prosody 165
7 Generalized Alignment: Prosody 167
8 Ternary Rhythm and the Lapse Constraint 178
9 Quality-Sensitive Stress 191
10 Unbounded Stress and Factorial Typology 202
11 Head Dependence in Stress-Epenthesis Interaction 215
12 Feet and Tonal Reduction at the Word and Phrase Level in Chinese 228
13 OCP Effects in Optimality Theory 246
Pt. IV Segmental Phonology 269
14 Austronesian Nasal Substitution and Other NC Effects 271
15 Phonetically Driven Phonology: The Role of Optimality Theory and Inductive Grounding 290
16 Positional Faithfulness 310
17 Positional Faithfulness and Voicing Assimilation in Optimality Theory 343
18 Positional Asymmetries and Licensing 365
19 Partial Class Behavior and Nasal Place Assimilation 379
20 Dissimilation as Local Conjunction 394
21 Synchronic Chain Shifts in Optimality Theory 407
Pt. V Interfaces 417
22 Transderivational Identity: Phonological Relations Between Words 419
23 Backness Switch in Russian 438
24 Generalized Alignment: The Prosody-Morphology Interface 451
25 The Prosodic Structure of Function Words 464
26 The Emergence of the Unmarked 483
27 Maximal Words and the Maori Passive 495
28 External Allomorphy as Emergence of the Unmarked 513
29 Derived Environment Effects in Optimality Theory 523
30 Licensing and Underspecification in Optimality Theory 533
31 The Implications of Lexical Exceptions for the Nature of Grammar 542
32 The Phonological Lexicon 552
33 Variation and Change in Optimality Theory 569
References 581
Index of Languages and Language Families 591
Index of Constraints 594
Index of Topics 598
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