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Advances in Optimality Theory

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Consultant Board:

Judith Aissen University of California, Santa Cruz Daniel Büring University of Vienna Gisbert Fanselow University of Potsdam Jane Grimshaw Rutgers University Géraldine Legendre Johns Hopkins University John J. McCarthy University of Massachusetts, Amherst Alan Prince Rutgers University Paul Smolensky Johns Hopkins University Donca Steriade MIT Moira Yip, University College London Optimality Theory is an exciting new approach to linguistic analysis
that originated in phonology but was soon taken up in syntax,
morphology, and other fields of linguistics. Optimality Theory presents
a clear vision of the universal properties underlying the vast surface
typological variety in the world's languages. Cross-linguistic
differences once relegated to idiosyncratic language-specific rules can
now be understood as the result of different priority rankings among
universal, but violable constraints on grammar.

Advances in Optimality Theory is a new series designed to stimulate and
promote research in this provocative new framework. It will provide a
central outlet for the best new work by both established and younger
scholars in this rapidly moving field. The series includes studies with
a broad typological focus, studies dedicated to the detailed analysis of
individual languages, and studies on the nature of Optimality Theory
itself. Contributions in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and
other fields are welcome. The series publishes theoretical work in the
form of monographs and coherent edited collections as well as
pedagogical texts and reference texts that promote the dissemination of
Optimality Theory.