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By John J. McCarthy

This ebook describes Optimality thought 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 thought instead of the examples, on realizing what's distinctive 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 useful phonology, computational linguistics, ancient linguistics, and sociolinguistics. additionally, to situate OT for these coming from different traditions, this e-book additionally comprises a lot dialogue of OT's highbrow origins, its predecessors, and its modern rivals. each one bankruptcy concludes with wide feedback for extra examining, labeled through themes, and supplemented by means of an incredible bibliography (over 800 items). The publication ends with an inventory of commonly asked questions on Optimality idea, with short solutions and tips to a fuller remedy within the text.

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