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ISBN-13: 978-1405151368 ISBN-10: 1405151366 Edition: 1st

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"An intensely practical book, full of concrete problemsolving advice, which should be well-thumbed by those learning and working within OT." (Journal of Linguistics, 2009)


"Built on deep experience in research and teaching, and drawing expertly on recent advances in handling the theory, McCarthy's volume conducts the reader closer than any previous text to the heart of the Optimality Theoretic enterprise. Lucidly grounded in the nuts-and-bolts of analytic technique, the book includes numerous exercises and questions that will stimulate, inspire, and provoke. Along the way the reader will encounter many sharp observations about matters ranging from theory-construction to writing up research results; these alone are worth the price of entry."
Alan Prince, Rutgers University

"This book not only fills a major gap in the books on OT for beginners, but also offers wise advice for more experienced researchers."
Moira Yip, University College London

"There are many introductions to OT as a theory, but none with hands-on training on the nitty-gritty details of how to actually do OT research. McCarthy's book, brimming with thought-provoking questions and problem sets, provides the guidance needed."
Junko Ito, University of California Santa Cruz


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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405151366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405151368
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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