Optimality Theory: Stress, Change and Acquisition

This course is an intermediate/advanced introduction to OT. The main focus will be on prosodic phonology. We will start by discussing how stress systems are described in OT as compared to previous approaches. After that we will discuss change and acquisition from an OT perspective. Finally, we consider vowel deletion in OT.

Day 1 and 2: Introduction to metrical phonology. Basic concepts and issues, such as, foot typology, extrametricality, catalexis etc.

Day 3: Stress systems in OT

Day 4: Acquiring Stress systems in OT

Day 5: Vowel deletion in OT. Derivational versus constraint-based analyses.

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Material will be provided