Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781575864259 Published February 2003
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9781575864266 Published February 2003

Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: A Declarative Approach

A Declarative Approach

Jonas Kuhn

Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: A Declarative Approach
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Jonas Kuhn

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256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2003
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781575864259 Published February 2003
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9781575864266 Published February 2003
With this book, Jonas Kuhn greatly advances Optimality Theory (OT) by clarifying the significant choices in the design of a formally precise OT approach to syntax. Building on OT work that uses the representation structures of Lexical Functional Grammar (OT-LFG), Kuhn defines the notion of an OT-syntactic grammar in a declarative, non-derivational way.

Along with the standard OT architecture, which is based on a generation metaphor, Kuhn also formalizes parsing-based OT, and goes on to discuss possible combinations of these two architectures. This is followed by an examination of assumptions under which the computational tasks of generation and parsing are decidable for an OT-syntactic grammar.
Contents
Preface
1. Introduction
2. The Foundations of OT
3. Observations about OT Syntax
4. The Formalization of OT Syntax
5. The Direction of Optimization
6. Computational OT Syntax
7. Conclusion
References
Constraint Index
Name Index
Subject Index
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