Optimality Theory in Phonology (Paperback)

A Reader

By John J. McCarthy

Wiley-Blackwell, 9780631226895, 603pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2003

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Optimality Theory in Phonology: A Reader is a collection ofreadings on this important new theory by leading figures in thefield, including a lengthy excerpt from Prince andSmolensky's never-before-published Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar.

  • Compiles the most important readings about Optimality Theory inphonology from some of the most prominent researchers in thefield.
  • Contains 33 excerpts spanning a range of topics in phonologyand including many never-before-published papers.
  • Includes a lengthy excerpt from Prince and Smolensky'sfoundational 1993 manuscript Optimality Theory: ConstraintInteraction in Generative Grammar.
  • Includes introductory notes and study/research questions foreach chapter.

About the Author

John J. McCarthy is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His widely cited but unpublished manuscript "Prosodic Morphology I: Constraint Interaction and Satisfaction" (with Alan Prince, 1993) has been an important factor in the dissemination of Optimality Theory.He is also the author of Formal Problems in Semitic Phonology and Morphology (1985) and A Thematic Guide to Optimality Theory (2002).