|Title:||Complementizers, Faithfulness, and Optionality|
|Comment:||Now published here: http://www.revel.inf.br/site2007/_pdf/19/artigos/revel_special_4_complementizers_faithfulness_optionality.pdf.|
|Abstract:||In this paper I advance a theory of optionality in syntax within OT, using the optionality of the English complementizer as an example. The leading idea is that optionality arises purely as a consequence of the usual optimality-theoretic interaction between markedness and faithfulness constraints. In other words, optionality is an expected consequence of violable and conflicting universal constraints and their language-particular ranking, the core assumptions of OT.
(See also the paper by Keer & Bakovic, ROA-200, for an application of the same idea to a slightly different empirical domain.)