Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar

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This book is the final version of the widely-circulated 1993 Technical Report that introduces a conception of grammar in which well-formedness is defined as optimality with respect to a ranked set of universal constraints.


  • Final version of the widely circulated 1993 Technical Report that was the seminal work in Optimality Theory, never before available in book format.
  • Serves as an excellent introduction to the principles and practice of Optimality Theory.
  • Offers proposals and analytic commentary that suggest many directions for further development for the professional.

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Available for the first time in book form, Prince and Smolenskys Optimality Theory is the seminal work in the field. In it, the theory's fundamental ideas are developed in detail and their explanatory power demonstrated across a wide array of phonological domains. This influential work:Defines grammatical well-formedness as optimality with respect to a ranked set of universal constraintsPresents Optimality Theory both through examples and formally, emphasizing its core commitments: strict domination, interlinguistic variation as difference in ranking, the Markedness/Faithfulness distinction, strong universality of the constraint setIlluminates generalization patterns shared across diverse phenomena ranging from epenthesis to infixation to complex interactions among prominence, syllabification, stress, and word-formDerives universals of basic syllable structure and constructs a prosodic theory based on multipolar scales, laying the groundwork for a general approach to gradient interactionsShows how to obtain universal and language-particular inventories, identifies the role of optimality in structuring the lexicon, and explores 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 development.

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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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