Working out the MOAT: Jump to the CSys
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 [+]
We return to the concrete via scrutiny of a self-contained subsystem of the EST, the CSys, which deals with the fate of consonants, illustrating how the MOAT functions as a tool of typological analysis. We derive the MOAT and show that simple graphical operations on the MOAT parallel union of grammars in the typology, characterizing the result, when licit, as a generalization of the original typology, revealing aspects of its structure.