What is Optimality Theory?

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Language and Linguistics Compass, Page: 260-291

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McCarthy, John J
Morphology; Near Eastern Languages and Societies; Phonetics and Phonology
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Optimality Theory is a general model of how grammars are structured. This article surveys the motivations for OT, its core principles, and the basics of analysis. It also addresses some frequently asked questions about this theory and offers suggestions for further reading.