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Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: A Declarative Approach

A Declarative Approach

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.

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2003

Studies in Constraint-Based Lexicalism

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics

Table of Contents

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
Constraint Index
Name Index
Subject Index

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