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Title: What Is Optimality Theory?
Author(s): John J McCarthy
Journal Title: Language and Linguistic Compass
Volume: 1
Issue: 4
Page Range: 260-291
Publication Date: Jun-2007
Abstract: Optimality Theory is a general model of how grammars are structured. This article surveys the motivations for Optimality Theory, its core principles, and the basics of analysis. It also addresses some frequently asked questions about this theory and offers suggestions for further reading

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