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This chapter deals with "hard" syntax, that is, the aspects of the forms of the utterances in a given language that can be described by hard rules. It focuses on the part of the production process where utterances receive their morphology and word order. It gives a minimal introduction to optimality theory. The chapter discusses, a simplified optimality theoretic grammar is given for word order in a Dutch clause. It demonstrates how the grammar can be extended to morphology and higher-level generation, and thereby leads from a task specification to the string. The chapter also discusses the checking of initial fragments. The choice for optimality theoretic syntax is well-motivated since it essentially contributes to the deterministic production algorithm and to the task of incremental syntax checking.

Keywords: Dutch clause; optimality theory; theoretic syntax



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