Chapter 27. Optimality Theory: A Clinical Perspective

  1. Martin J. Ball Head Past President2,
  2. Dr. Michael R. Perkins Professor founder member Vice-President3,
  3. Dr. Nicole Müller2 and
  4. Sara Howard Senior Lecturer speech-language therapist pathologist President3
  1. Daniel A. Dinnsen Chancellor's Professor Adjunct Professor and
  2. Judith A. Gierut Professor Adjunct Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch27

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Dinnsen, D. A. and Gierut, J. A. (2008) Optimality Theory: A Clinical Perspective, in The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics (eds M. J. Ball, M. R. Perkins, N. Müller and S. Howard), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • optimality theory - new and revolutionary approach to phonology;
  • overgeneralization errors (recidivism) - child's accurate production of set of words at one point in time;
  • essentials of optimality theory;
  • overgeneralization errors;
  • overgeneralization errors - reflecting regressions in child's knowledge of target sound system


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Some Essentials of Optimality Theory

  • Overgeneralization Errors

  • Conclusion

  • References