Efficient Generation in Primitive Optimality Theory

  title={Efficient Generation in Primitive Optimality Theory},
  author={Jason Eisner},
This paper introduces primitive Optimality Theory (OTP), a linguistically motivated formalization of OT. OTP speci es the class of autosegmental representations, the universal generator Gen, and the two simple families of permissible constraints. In contrast to less restricted theories using Generalized Alignment, OTP's optimal surface forms can be generated with nite-state methods adapted from (Ellison, 1994). Unfortunately these methods take time exponential on the size of the grammar. Indeed… CONTINUE READING
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