Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar

Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar

Author(s): Alan Prince, Paul Smolensky

Published Online: 30 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405119320

Online ISBN: 9780470759400

DOI: 10.1002/9780470759400

About this Book

This book is the final version of the widely-circulated 1993 Technical Report that introduces a conception of grammar in which well-formedness is defined as optimality with respect to a ranked set of universal constraints.


  • Final version of the widely circulated 1993 Technical Report that was the seminal work in Optimality Theory, never before available in book format.
  • Serves as an excellent introduction to the principles and practice of Optimality Theory.
  • Offers proposals and analytic commentary that suggest many directions for further development for the professional.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Optimality and Constraint Interaction

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  2. Part II: Syllable Theory

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  3. Part III: Issues and Answers in Optimality Theory

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