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Books: Syntax: Kuhn

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  1. sosa, Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: Kuhn

Message 1: Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: Kuhn

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 14:38:31 +0000
From: sosa <>
Subject: Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: Kuhn

Title: Optimality-Theoretic Syntax
Subtitle: A Declarative Approach
Series Title: Studies in Constraint-Based Lexicalism
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: CSLI Publications		 
Author: Jonas Kuhn, The University of Texas at Austin 

Hardback: ISBN: 1575864258, Pages: 252, Price: $70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1575864266, Pages: 252, Price: $25.00

Optimality Theory (OT) has become a widely used grammatical framework
for stating generalizations and exploring their empirical predictions
across languages. OT has been applied in many subfields of the study
of grammar, but the level of detail to which the architecture has been
used differs from area to area.

This book explores important choices in the design of a formally
precise OT approach to syntax. The author proposes an architecture
that meets the requirements of linguistic expressiveness while also
being computationally well-behaved. Building on OT work that uses the
representation structures of Lexical Functional Grammar (OT-LFG), this
book 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, the author 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.

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