The Mother of All Tableaux - Order, Equivalence, and Geometry in the Large-scale Structure of Optimality Theory - Nazarré Merchant
Nazarré Merchant [+]
Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida
Alan Prince [+]
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.