The consequences of Optimization for Underspecification

@inproceedings{Inkelas1994TheCO,
  title={The consequences of Optimization for Underspecification},
  author={Sharon Inkelas},
  year={1994}
}
This paper* argues for a theory in which underlying representation is determined solely by optimization with respect to the grammar, not by imposing any type of constraints directly on underlying representation. This approach has important consequences for underspecification, changing the way in which this and other properties of underlying structure are deployed. In particular, I show that an optimization approach, couched within Optimality Theory (Prince and Smolensky 1993), results in the… Expand
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