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Phonology, Optimality Theory: Biblical Hebrew
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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. Optimality Theory, originally proposed by Prince and Smolensky (1993), offers a formal means of capturing the ‘constraint ranking’ implicit in the rejection of disallowed forms and the evaluation of competing forms …

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Edzard, Lutz, “Phonology, Optimality Theory: Biblical Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000184>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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