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Title:Complementizers, Faithfulness, and Optionality
Authors:Eric Bakovic
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.)
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1