2007 | Finding the Right Words -- Implementing Optimality Theory with Simulated Annealing. Invited talk given at: DIP colloquium, ILLC, March 2, 2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands. See also http://www.illc.uva.nl/dip/. Slides. Abstract on DIP website. |

**Abstract:**

As the algorithm does not guarantee to always find the optimal candidate, the algorithm can be used as a model of linguistic performance. The errors made by the algorithm are interpreted as performance errors, for instance, as fast speech errors whose frequencies increase if the algorithm is run more quickly. The model is compared to Persistent OT ("harmonic serialism") by McCarthy (2006), as well as to the architecture proposed in The Harmonic Mind by Smolensky and Legendre (2006). We shall seriously question the latter's central claim, namely that "there is no symbolic algorithm whose internal structure can predict the time and the accuracy of processing; this can only be done with connectionist algorithms" (vol. 1, p. 91).