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Title: Phonological Argumentation
Subtitle: Essays on Evidence and Motivation
Edited By: Steve Parker
Series Title: Advances in Optimality Theory
Description:

This volume presents a series of original papers focusing on the theme of
phonological argumentation, set within the framework of Optimality Theory. It
contains two major sections: (1) chapters about the evidence for and
methodology used in discovering the bases of phonological theory, i.e., how
constraints are formed and what sort of evidence is relevant in positing them;
and (2) case studies that focus on particular theoretical issues within OT,
usually through selected phenomena in one or more languages, arguing in
favor of or against specific formal analyses.

A noteworthy detail of this book is that all of the contributors are connected
with the program in phonology and phonetics at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst, either as current professors or former graduate
students. Consequently, all of them have been directly influenced by John
McCarthy, himself one of the major proponents of OT. This collection will
therefore be of interest to anyone who seriously follows the field of OT. The
intended readership is primarily graduate students and those already holding
an advanced degree in linguistics, i.e., persons conversant with and capable
of interacting with the OT literature.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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Pages: 388
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