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Phonetically Based Phonology

ISBN-10: 0521825784

ISBN-13: 9780521825788

Edition: 2004

Authors: Bruce Hayes, Robert Kirchner, Donca Steriade

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Phonetically based phonology is centered around the hypothesis that phonologies of languages are determined by phonetic principles; that is, phonetic patterns involving ease of articulation and perception are expressed linguistically as grammatical constraints. This book brings together a team of scholars to provide a wide-ranging study of phonetically-based phonology. It investigates the role of phonetics in many phonological phenomena - such as assimilation, vowel reduction, vowel harmony, syllable weight, contour line distribution, metathesis, lenition, sonority sequencing, and the Obligatory Contour Principle (OCP) - exploring in particular the phonetic bases of phonological markedness in these key areas. The analyses also illustrate several analytical strategies whereby phonological sound patterns can be related to their phonological underpinnings. Each chapter includes a tutorial discussion of the phonetics on which the phonological discussion is based. Diverse and comprehensive in its coverage, Phonetically-based Phonology will be welcomed by all linguists interested in the relationship between phonetics and phonological theory.
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/12/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Robert Kirchner is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Alberta.

List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Introduction: the phonetic bases of phonological markedness
A review of perceptual cues and cue robustness
Place assimilation
The typology of rounding harmony
The evolution of metathesis
The role of contrast-specific and language-specific phonetics in contour tone distribution
Vowel reduction
Contrast and perceptual distinctiveness
Syllable weight
Consonant lenition
Language processing and segmental OCP effects
Index