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Will Optimality Theory colonize all of higher cognition?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 December 2010

Tamás Biró
Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), University of Amsterdam (UvA), NL-1012 VT Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


To establish Optimality Theory as a framework in anthropology, or as a general model of higher human cognition, researchers have to demonstrate OT is convincing in a number of ways. This commentary summarizes some of them – based on experience obtained in contemporary linguistic OT – including factorial typologies, exact formulation of candidate sets and constraints, and computational plausibility.

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