Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory: Theory and Analyses (Advances in Optimality Theory) (Hardcover)

Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory: Theory and Analyses (Advances in Optimality Theory) By Jennifer Bellik (Editor), Junko Ito (Editor), Nick Kalivoda (Editor) Cover Image
By Jennifer Bellik (Editor), Junko Ito (Editor), Nick Kalivoda (Editor)
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Optimality Theory has become the dominant approach to studying phonology, including analyses of the mapping from syntactic structure to prosodic structure. However, when syntactic and prosodic structures are represented as trees, it is difficult, if not impossible, to systematically generate by hand all the possible prosodic parses that must be considered in an Optimality Theory investigation for any given syntactic input. Consequently, most existing syntax-prosody analyses are in this way incomplete, compromising their validity. This volume presents a series of complete analyses of the syntax-prosody interface, thanks to their use of the Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory (SPOT) application. This JavaScript application, developed by the editors of this volume, automates candidate generation and constraint evaluation, making a rigorous Optimality Theory analysis of syntax-prosody possible. SPOT allows the user to test the typological predictions of the numerous proposed constraints on prosodic markedness and syntax-prosody mapping, so that researchers can make progress toward determining which formulations of the constraints should actually be part of the universal constraint set. A theme of the volume is comparing Selkirk's Match Theory with the older Align Theory of syntax-prosody mapping, finding that both are needed, at least in some languages.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781800502758
ISBN-10: 1800502753
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
Publication Date: June 1st, 2023
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Advances in Optimality Theory