The classic version of Optimality Theory, first described in detail by Prince & Smolensky (1993), is a phonological framework that privileges the simultaneous satisfaction of multiple violable constraints by phonological representations over the gradual construction of correct representations from given inputs. At its core, an OT grammar implements a search procedure that finds the surface form that is most compatible with the relevant underlying representation, given the specific properties of the particular language. In OT, these language-specific properties are encoded as a series of rankable violable constraints.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory|
|Editors||S. J. Hannahs, Anna Bosch|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Dec 2017|
|Name||Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics|