Book: Syntax Prosody in Optimality Theory
Chapter: 1. Why SPOT?
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.