Bidirectional Optimality Theory
Bidirectional Optimality Theory (BiOT) emerged at the turn of the millennium as a fusion of Radical Pragmatics and Optimality Theoretic Semantics. It stirred a wealth of new research in the pragmatics‑semantics interface and heavily influenced e.g. the development of evolutionary and game theoretic approaches. Optimality Theory holds that linguistic output can be understood as the optimized products of ranked constraints. At the centre of BiOT is the insight that this optimisation has to take place both in production and interpretation, and that the production-interpretation cycle has to lead back to the original input. BiOT is now generally interpreted as a description of diachronically stable and cognitively optimal form–meaning pairs. It found applications beyond the semantics-pragmatics interface in language acquisition, historical linguistics, phonology, syntax, and typology. This book provides a state of the art overview of these developments. It collects nine chapters by leading scientists in the field.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 180] 2011. v, 279 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Bidirectional Optimality Theory: An introductionAnton Benz and Jason Mattausch | pp. 1–32
A programme for bidirectional phonology and phonetics and their acquisition and evolutionPaul Boersma | pp. 33–72
A note on the emergence of subject salienceJason Mattausch | pp. 73–96
Language acquisition and language change in bidirectional Optimality TheoryPetra Hendriks and Jacolien van Rij | pp. 97–124
Sense and simplicity: Bidirectionality in differential case markingPeter de Swart | pp. 125–150
On the interaction of tense, aspect and modality in DutchRichard van Gerrevink and Helen de Hoop | pp. 151–168
Production and comprehension in context: The case of word order freezingGerlof Bouma | pp. 169–190
Bayesian interpretation and Optimality TheoryHenk Zeevat | pp. 191–220
Bidirectional grammar and bidirectional optimizationReinhard Blutner and Anatoli Strigin | pp. 221–248
On bidirectional Optimality Theory for dynamic contextsAnton Benz | pp. 249–276
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