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caeli  ·  1243 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: August 24th: What are you reading this week?

Does nerdy shit count?

I started reading Optimality Theoretic Syntax. Optimality Theory (or OT for short) is a really influential theory in the field of phonology, but its applications to syntax remain largely ignored because the syntax standard is the Minimalist Program (MP). OT is awesome though and I want to learn more about what it can and can't explain about syntax so I'm reading this book. I'm all about that violable constraint life, and very interested in syntax, so OT syntax is like my dream. Plus I'm discovering that there are stochastic OT models and I'm just like where has this been all my life?!