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Book: Hidden Generalizations

Chapter: Candidate chains and phonological opacity

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.22127


This chapter develops a modification of classic Optimality Theory. The central point of difference is a change in the definition of candidates: instead of being single output forms, candidates are chains of forms that link the input and output by minimal phonological differences. Candidate chains approximate the steps in a derivation in classic generative phonology.

Chapter Contributors

  • John J. McCarthy ( - book-auth-187) 'University of Massachusetts, Amherst'