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Book: The Mother of All Tableaux

Chapter: Introduction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38354


system, grammar, typology are defined. The three key problems are stated:

(1) What defining characteristics must all Violation Tableaux (VT) representations of a typology share?

(2) When does a set of grammars constitute an OT typology?

(3) When does a subset of the grammars in a typology form a coherent class that can be described as a kind of super-grammar?

An order and equivalence structure on grammars, the ‘Mother of All Tableaux’ (MOAT), is introduced as a graphical structure similar to a Hasse diagram, and it is shown in broad strokes how it resolves these problems.

Chapter Contributors

  • Nazarré Merchant ( - nmerchant) 'Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida'
  • Alan Prince ( - aprince) 'Independent Scholar'