Syntax Prosody in Optimality Theory (SPOT) app tutorial

Jennifer Bellik, Nick Kalivoda


SPOT (Syntax Prosody in Optimality Theory app; automates candidate generation and evaluation for work on the syntax-prosody interface. SPOT is intended to facilitate the creation and comparison of multiple versions of an analysis, in service of refining constraint definitions and theory development. The codebase is available at This paper briefly explains the motivation for the SPOT app, then walks through the process of creating an analysis in SPOT. We show how to create input syntactic trees, either manually or automatically; how to select a constraint set; and how to generate tableaux with candidates, constraints, and violation counts. Finally, we show how to use the output of SPOT to calculate rankings and typologies using an OT application.


Optimality Theory; syntax-prosody interface; prosody; typology; SPOT; OTWorkplace

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