Paradigms, Optimal and Otherwise: A case for skepticism
Jonathan Bobaljik, UConn

In this talk, I will try to lay out some general concerns that have arisen in the morphological and morpho-syntactic literature against the use of paradigms as more than an epiphenomenal product. I will try to show that these considerations pose non-insignificant challenges for those who would seek to use paradigms in the way some current phonological models do (such as OP). That is, I suggest that there are existing prima facie arguments against the kinds of assumptions about paradigms that appear to be implicit in OP-like models.