For the first time in over thirty years a revolution is happening in phonology, with the advent of constraint-based approaches which directly oppose the rule-and-derivation tradition of mainstream Generative Phonology. The success of Optimality Theory and the rapidity of its spread since its official launch in 1993 is remarkable even by the general standards of most post-1950s linguistics. Many phonologists appear to have been caught up in the whirlwind, as witnessed
in the substance of many current working papers and conferences the world over, and the recent contents of well-established journals. Two questions naturally arise: What is Optimality Theory about? In what way is Optimality Theory superior to traditional theory, if indeed it is?
In this book, leading specialists and active researchers address these issues directly, and focus deliberately on the evaluation of the two competing approaches rather than on simple displays of their applicability to limited bodies of data.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 614
Weight: 935 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 35 mm
It is possible to find among these eighteen papers enough combinations and permutations of both rules and constraints, and derivational and non-derivational systems to please the most theoretically promiscuous phonologist around ... There is a lot of interesting discussion and good linguistics in this book. * Journal of Linguistics *
A "must-have" and "must-study in detail" for every phonologist, and any other linguist, who wants to keep abreast of the latest developments in this popular framework ... this is an extraordinarily rich volume in terms of data, analyses and ideas. It is therefore highly recommended for all who want to be informed about current issues in phonology in general, and in Optimality Theory specifically. * Glot International *