Ceske Budejovice11

introduction to Optimality Theory

Peter Jurgec

Optimality Theory (OT) is an influential approach to linguistic analysis. This course is a hands-on introduction to OT in phonology. The first half of the course focuses on the basic elements of the theory (the model, markedness, correspondence theory, constraints, tableaux). These are illustrated with a few simple phonological examples. The second half of the course looks into the main predictions of constraint interaction (factorial typology, homogeneity of target/heterogeneity of process, the emergence of the unmarked).

Here is the handout, as well as worksheet: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Recommended Reading
Kager, Rene (1999). Optimality Theory. Chapters 1 and 2. Cambridge University Press, pp. 1{90. ISBN{10: 0521589800.
McCarthy, John J (2005). Doing Optimality: Applying Theory to Data. Chapter 1. Blackwell, pp. 1{29. ISBN{10: 1405151366.