Minimalism and Optimality Theory

H. Broekhuis, E. Woolford

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Abstract

This article discusses the relation between the minimalist program (MP) and optimality theory (OT) and will show that, contrary to popular belief, MP and OT are not inherently incompatible or competing frameworks/theories. Instead, we will show (i) that the two can well be seen as complementary parts of a more general model of grammar and (ii) that the resulting hybrid system may be superior to the two constituting parts in isolation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge handbook of generative syntax
EditorsM. den Dikken
Place of PublicationCambridge (UK)/New York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages122-161
Number of pages40
ISBN (Print)978-0-521-76986-0
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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NameCambridge handbooks in language and linguistics

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Broekhuis, H., & Woolford, E. (2013). Minimalism and Optimality Theory. In M. den Dikken (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of generative syntax (pp. 122-161). (Cambridge handbooks in language and linguistics). Cambridge University Press.