- Explains how to do analysis and research using Optimality Theory (OT) - a branch of phonology that has revolutionized the field since its conception in 1993
- Offers practical, in-depth advice for students and researchers in the field, presented in an engaging way
- Features numerous examples, questions, and exercises throughout, all helping to illustrate the theory and summarize the core concepts of OT
- Written by John J. McCarthy, one of the theory’s leading proponents and an instrumental figure in the dissemination and use of OT today
- An ideal guide through the intricacies of linguistic analysis and research for beginning researchers, and, by example, one which will lead the way to future developments in the field.