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Book: Syntax Prosody in Optimality Theory

Chapter: 1. Why SPOT?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41003


Optimality Theory requires the analyst to formally define the space of possible candidates, and to consider all the candidates in that space. However, it is impossible to do this by hand in the context of research in the syntax-prosody interface, due to the complexity of the inputs and outputs, which both take the form of trees. Consequently, we have developed the SPOT application, which automates this process, making it feasible to conduct rigorous OT analyses of issues on the syntax-prosody interface.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jennifer Bellik ( - jbellik) 'University of California, Santa Cruz '
  • Nick Kalivoda ( - nkalivoda) 'University of California, Santa Cruz'