By John J. McCarthy

ISBN-10: 0521791944

ISBN-13: 9780521791946

ISBN-10: 052179644X

ISBN-13: 9780521796446

This e-book describes Optimality thought from the head down, explaining and exploring the relevant 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 conception instead of the examples, on knowing what's specific approximately OT and on equipping readers to use it, expand it, and critique it of their personal components of curiosity. to augment 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 practical phonology, computational linguistics, historic linguistics, and sociolinguistics. moreover, to situate OT for these coming from different traditions, this booklet additionally comprises a lot dialogue of OT's highbrow origins, its predecessors, and its modern opponents. every one bankruptcy concludes with wide feedback for additional interpreting, categorised by means of subject matters, and supplemented via an enormous bibliography (over 800 items). The booklet ends with a listing of commonly asked questions about Optimality concept, with short solutions and tips that could a fuller remedy within the text.

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