The following references will prove useful when working on your project and report your results in your seminar paper.
Partha Niyogi. The Computational Nature of Language Learning an d Evolution. MIT Press, 2006. (Download earlier versions: part1, part2, part3, part4, or contact me.)
Bruce Tesar and Paul Smolensky (2000). Learnability in Optimality Theory, MIT Press.
Smolensky, Paul & Legendre, Géraldine (2006). The Harmonic Mind: From Neural Computation To Optimality-Theoretic Grammar Vol. 1: Cognitive Architecture; vol. 2: Linguistic and Philosophical Implications. MIT Press. Selected chapters only.
Paul Boersma & Bruce Hayes (2001). Empirical tests of the Gradual Learning Algorithm. Linguistic Inquiry 32: 45-86.
The Benefits of Errors: Learning an OT Grammar with a Structured Candidate Set. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition, pp. 81-88. Prague, Czech Republic, June 2007. Download or download from ACL Anthology. ROA-929.
When the Hothead Speaks: Simulated Annealing Optimality Theory for Dutch Fast Speech, in: Ton van der Wouden, Michaela Poss, Hilke Reckman and Crit Cremers (eds.): Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands 200 4, Selected papers from the fifteenth CLIN meeting, LOT, Utrecht, 2005, pp. 13-28. Newer version, without some typos, but also without the page numbers and formatting as it appeared in print. ROA-898.
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