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Approximation and Exactness in Finite State Optimality Theory

Dale Gerdemann and Gertjan van Noord


Previous work [3,12] has shown that Optimality Theory with gradient constraints generally is not finite state. A new finite-state treatment of gradient constraints is presented which improves upon the approximation of [12]. The method turns out to be exact, and very compact, for the syllabification analysis of [19].