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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

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Title: Optimality Theory
Written By: René Kager
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521580196
Description:

This is an introduction to Optimality Theory, whose central idea is that
surface forms of language reflect resolutions of conflicts between
competing constraints. The book does not limit its empirical scope to
phonological phenomena, but also contains chapters on the learnability of
OT grammars; OT's implications for syntax; and other issues such as
opacity. Exercises accompany chapters 1-7, and there are sections on
further reading. Optimality Theory will be welcomed by any linguist with a
basic knowledge of derivational Generative Phonology.

Contents:
Preface; 1. Conflicts in grammars; 2. The typology of structural changes;
3. Syllable structure and economy; 4. Metrical structure and parallelism;
5. Correspondence in reduplication; 6. Output-to-output correspondence; 7.
Learning OT grammars; 8. Extensions to syntax; 9. Residual issues;
References; Index of languages; Index of subjects; Index of constraints.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Syntax
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