This book grew out of a 1997 workshop sponsored by Aditi Lahiri and her
group at the University of Constance. It consists of eleven chapters and an
introduction by Aditi Lahiri, the editor. The articles are focused largely on
Germanic languages, although not entirely, as Bengali and Latin also receive
detailed discussion. There is diversity in the range of topics covered in the
volume – tonogenesis, stress, quantity changes, voicing alternations, allomorphy, paradigms and grammaticalisation are some of the major areas of
phonology and morphology that are addressed. Authors adopt different theoretical frameworks, with Optimality Theory playing some role in many articles.
Optimality Theory is assumed by some, argued against by others and modified
by yet others.