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Book: Syntax Prosody in Optimality Theory

Chapter: 2. GEN Settings and Constraint Interactions in Kinyambo

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41004


Much of Optimality-theoretic research is concerned with the interaction of constraints, but as the previous chapter lays out, OT analyses require a well defined GEN in addition to a well-defined CON and EVAL. This chapter shows how different definitions of GEN can interact with constraints in ways that are not immediately obvious. I will use different approaches to the analysis of Kinyambo and property analysis of the resulting typologies as a case study to this effect.

Chapter Contributors

  • Max Tarlov ( - mtarlov) 'Independent Scholar'