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By John J. McCarthy

This booklet describes Optimality concept from the head down, explaining and exploring the critical premises of OT and the consequences that stick to from them. Examples are drawn from phonology, morphology, and syntax, however the emphasis all through is at the idea instead of the examples, on realizing what's particular approximately OT and on equipping readers to use it, expand it, and critique it of their personal parts of curiosity. The book's insurance extends to paintings on first- and second-language acquisition, phonetics and sensible phonology, computational linguistics, old linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Chapters finish with vast feedback for extra examining, labeled by way of subject, and are supplemented via an immense bibliography (over 800 items).

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