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Optimality Theory: An Overview

Optimality Theory: An Overview

Diana Archangeli (Editor), Terence Langendoen (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20226-4

Jul 1997

252 pages

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This volume provides the first general introduction to optimality theory -- arguably the linguistic theory of the 1990s. The book leads the reader to an understanding of optimality theory via the exploration and resolution of specific problems in phonology, morphology, and syntax, but presumes virtually no background knowledge in linguistics.
1. Optimality Theory: An Introduction to Linguistics for the 1990s: Diana B. Archangeli (University of Arizona).

2. Optimality Theory and Features: Douglas Pulleybank (University of British Columbia).

3. Optimality Theory and Prosody: Michael Hammond (University of Arizona).

4. Optimality Theory and Morphology: Kevin Russell (University of Manitoba).

5. Optimality Theory and Syntax: Null Arguments and Control: Margaret Speas (University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

6. Optimality Theory and Syntax: Parallels with Phonology: David Pesetsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

"This book does offer a well-rounded entry point into the theory for anyone with some basic training in linguistics, including researchers who wish to take a crash course in the theory." Second Language Research
* The first available survey of optimality theory.
* Contains key developments and new research.
* Wide-ranging and accessible throughout.
* The first volume of an outstanding new series.