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Optimality Theory (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521589802
ISBN-10: 0521589800
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"This volume is an excellent introduction to the principles and worlings of optimality theory, a relatively new constraint-based framework....a superior introduction to the most current version of optamality theory..." Studies in Second Language Acquisition

"Kager's book provides a comprehensive overview of OT theory and practice....It is noteworthy for its attention to detail and its analysis of arguments." Lanuage in Society

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Text: English --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521589800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521589802
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book was good overall, with plenty of tableaux covering issues in phonology as well as syntax, and taking a look at problems with OT. However, there were LOTS of mistakes, in the tableaux (which made them very confusing for a beginner) as well as in the body text. The only other issue I have is that the constraint index in the back doesn't list all the constraints mentioned in the book. Maybe the next edition will be better. But overall, still a pretty well-written text.
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By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Great educational value; the first book in the marketplace with high value exercices on resolutions of conflicts between competing constraints. I have only a basic knowledge of derivational Generative Phonology, but encountered no barriers to enter the world of Optimality Theory.
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Format: Paperback
I used this a few years back in a graduate level phonology course. Having only done rule based phonology, I didn't find optimality theory to be at all intuitive at first. Kager's explanations are clear, and he does a god job walking you through the various topics. Definitely a useful reference to have on hand. However, this is not the place to start if you have no background in generative phonology--it presupposes a fair deal of linguistic knowledge.
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This is the textbook you have to buy for your intermediate-advanced phonology class. Some of the answers to the problems are online. Some are not. Welcome to confusion, pain, and all-nighters. But if you embrace it, optimality theory can change the way you see the world.
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The author helps to make Optimality Theory accessible to the reader without much background knowledge. It is much better in this regard than the Prince and Smolensky version. It also has useful excercises at the end of each chapter. However, the author does not provide answers, which I think would have been particularly helpful.
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