Computing Optimal Forms in Optimality Theory : Basic Syllabification

  title={Computing Optimal Forms in Optimality Theory : Basic Syllabification},
  author={Bruce Tesar},
In Optimality Theory, grammaticality is defined in terms of optimization over a large (often infinite) space of candidates. This raises the question of how grammatical forms might be computed. This paper presents an analysis of the Basic CV Syllable Theory (Prince & Smolensky 1993) showing that, despite the nature of the formal definition, computing the optimal form does not require explicitly generating and evaluating all possible candidates. A specific algorithm is detailed which computes the… CONTINUE READING
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