Introduction

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
Nazarré Merchant is an associate professor of mathematics at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Rutgers University.
Alan Prince [+-]
Independent Scholar
Alan Prince has worked on prosody, prosodic morphology, cognitive science of language, and Optimality Theory while teaching at several universities in the United States.

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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.

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Merchant, Nazarré; Prince, Alan. Introduction. The Mother of All Tableaux - Order, Equivalence, and Geometry in the Large-scale Structure of Optimality Theory. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jun 2023. ISBN 9781781798997. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38354. Date accessed: 07 Feb 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38354. Jun 2023

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