LIGN 215, Underapplication and output-driven phonology
Mo 10-12:50, AP&M 4218
Office hours: Tu 11-11:50 & We 9-9:50 (or by appt.), AP&M 4151
Files linked below are in Adobe PDF format unless otherwise noted.
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There are several software packages for doing work in OT and related frameworks, each of which has its benefits and drawbacks. I suggest trying out all of those that you can muster the initiative and energy to try, and to see what works for you.
- OT-Help, for those more multiplatform-inclined.
- OTSoft, for those more Windows-inclined.
- Note: OT-Help and OTSoft use the same kind of input file, which can be most easily generated and manipulated with a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel. Because of potential problems with the file-types usually generated by spreadsheet programs, though, it's best to save your input files as (tab-delimited) .txt files.
- Even though Microsoft Visual Basic is being slowly but surely deprecated, this software's most recent updates (which look fairly substantial and useful) were made as recently as January 2013.
- Praat, for those who are both multiplatform-inclined and who like an acoustic analysis tool bundled together with their OT (and HG) learning simulation software.
- PyPhon, for those more command-line-inclined.
- OTWorkplace Installer Package, for those more Windows-and-Excel-inclined.
- Find the latest updates and documentation here.
- The bulk of Alan Prince's work since 2000 (starting with his introduction of comparative tableaux) has been the basis of this software's development.
— Input files to play with (they work with both OT-Help and OTSoft):
- feed.txt: constraints and tableaux designed to show how feeding but not counterfeeding can be described using OT.
- bleed.txt: constraints and tableaux designed to show how bleeding but not counterbleeding can be described using OT.