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Optimality-Theoretic Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics: From Uni- to Bidirectional Optimization

Géraldine Legendre, Michael T. Putnam, Henriëtte de Swart, and Erin Zaroukian


Although optimization is a central and pervasive concept in the study of the mind, perhaps in no domain of cognitive inquiry is this concept and its accompanying processes less broadly accepted than in the multifaceted study of language. This book takes on the daunting challenge of integrating optimization processes into the formal and functional study of grammar, interpreting optimization to be the result of conflicting, violable ranked constraints as is commonplace in the architectural design of Optimality Theory (OT). Both structure (morphology and syntax) and meaning (semantics and pragmat ... More

Keywords: Optimality Theory, unidirectional, bidirectional, optimization, syntax, semantics, morphology, pragmatics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198757115
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Géraldine Legendre, editor
Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University

Michael T. Putnam, editor
Associate Professor of German and Linguistics, Penn State University

Henriëtte de Swart, editor
Professor of French Linguistics and Semantics, Utrecht University

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1 Introduction

Géraldine Legendre, Michael T. Putnam, Henriëtte de Swart, and Erin Zaroukian

Part I Issues in Optimality-Theoretic Syntax

2 Intersecting constraints: Why certain constraint-types overlap while others don’t

Marc van Oostendorp, Michael T. Putnam, and Laura Catharine Smith

7 Multiple grammars, dominance, and optimization

Joshua Bousquette, Michael T. Putnam, Joseph Salmons, Benjamin Frey, and † Daniel Nützel

Part II Issues in Optimality-Theoretic Semantics and Pragmatics

8 On the origin of constraints

Sander Lestrade, Geertje van Bergen, and Peter de Swart

End Matter