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Title:OT for Windows 1.1
Authors:Avery D Andrews
Comment:[Supersedes ROA-78]
Abstract: OTW 1.1


otw11.zip [archive of all files, 16-bit]

otw11_32.zip [additional files for 32-bit version]

Avery Andrews

Australian National University



OTW 1.1 is a simple structure-generator for Optimality Theory, in

a Microsoft Windows interface. It currently covers several but not

all of the areas discussed in Prince and Smolensky (1993) (_Optimality

Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar_, MIT Press, to appear).

Topics currently covered are:

1) `Galilean' Syllable Theory (ch. 6) (implementing constraints

`fill', `fillnuc', `fillmarg', `parse', `ons' and `nocod')

2) `Basic Syllable Structure Theory' (ch. 8) (implementing a sonority

with *nuc and *marg constraints)

3) Constraint Interaction in Lardil (ch. 7). (covering truncation and

augmentation, but not cross-morpheme vowel-sequences)

The user loads a `generator' for the topic (an implementation of a

version of GEN and some constraints), and then specifies rankings and

inputs in the appropriate windows, and the output is then displayed

in an output Window.

The system comes in two versions, a 16-bit version, and a 32-bit

version, which is more capacious, but might be harder to get working

(requires a recent version of Win32s, or Win 95).

OTW is available on the Rutgers Optimality Archive


and on the www page:


Full source code is included; the actual OT implementation is in Prolog

(and is very small, being very simple-minded), and should be runnable

under a wide variety of systems and platforms (it was developed under

LPA Win-Prolog, & delivered with Amzi! (formerly Cogent) Prolog).

The interface is Borland C++ 4.02/OWL 2.0.

Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1