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Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Optimality Theoretic Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

From Uni- to Bidirectional Optimization

Legendre, G¿ldine

Optimality Theoretic Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Optimality Theoretic Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

From Uni- to Bidirectional Optimization

Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics: Optimality Theoretic Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

 

This volume investigates the morphosyntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties of language, and the interactions between them, from the perspective of Optimality Theory. It integrates optimization processes into the formal and functional study of grammar, interpreting optimization as the result of conflicting, violable ranked constraints.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics: Optimality Theoretic Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

This book investigates the morphosyntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties of language, and the interactions between them, from the perspective of Optimality Theory. It integrates optimization processes into the formal and functional study of grammar, interpreting optimization as the result of conflicting, violable ranked constraints.

Unlike previous work on the topic, this book also takes into account the question of directionality of grammar. A model of grammar in which optimization processes interact bidirectionally allows both language generation-the process of selecting the optimal form of a given meaning-and language interpretation-the process of optimal interpretation of a given form-to be taken into account. Chapters in this volume explore the consequences of both symmetric (unidirectional) and asymmetric
(bidirectional) versions of Optimality Theory, investigating the syntax-semantics interface, first language acquisition, and sequential bilingual grammars.

The volume presents cutting edge research in Optimality-Theoretic syntax and semantics, as well as demonstrating how optimization processes as modelled in this formalism serve as a viable approach for linguists and scholars in related fields.


ISBN
9780198757115
Pagina's
384
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Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
NUR
300
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1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
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OUP Oxford

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