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1. Title Title of document Formal Analysis of the MOAT - The Mother of All Tableaux
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Nazarré Merchant; Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida; United States
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Alan Prince; Independent Scholar; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) grammar; candidate; typology; constraint; equivalnce-augmented privilaged order; Hasse diagram; MOAT;
5. Subject Subject classification Optimality Theory
6. Description Abstract The MOAT is related to another structure, which derives directly from the set of all VTs giving rise to a typology. From this relation, we deduce the main result: that the MOAT uniquely characterizes a typology, uncovering a number of properties of OT grammars along the way. We go on to examine the logical structure that inheres in Border Point Pairs, introducing the ercoid, which provides the hidden microstructure from which the three-valued logic of OT emerges. This is by far the most technical chapter, though the formal ideas involved are of a kind that most linguistics will have encountered. The argument unfolds in a way intended to make the basics available to those who do not wish to see every detail.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38357
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Mother of All Tableaux
16. Language English=en en
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