Optimality Theory (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)
This is an introduction to Optimality Theory, whose central idea is that surface forms of language reflect resolutions of conflicts between competing constraints.
A surface form is \’optimal\’ if it incurs the least serious violations of a set of constraints, taking into account their hierarchical ranking.
Languages differ in the ranking of constraints;
28 Jun. 1999 | 468 Pages | PDF | 22 MB