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Optimality Theory
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1. Introduction

Many phonetic and phonological observations can be conveniently recast in terms of theories of linguistic preference and natural generative phonology (cf. Hooper 1976), notably in terms of the approach of Vennemann (1983, 1988), which was applied to Semitic by Edzard (1991). Optimality T…

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Lutz Edzard, “Optimality Theory”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0243>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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