EST: The MOAT and its EPOs
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 [+]
Alan Prince has worked on prosody, prosodic morphology, cognitive science of language, and Optimality Theory while teaching at several universities in the United States.
The concept of the MOAT is developed through analysis of the EST. From the key notion of a Border Point Pair, order and equivalence relations between grammars emerge, generalizing the notion of constraint and determining all the possible numerical representations of a typology in Violation Tableaux.