Distinctive Feature Theory

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This volume consists of nine articles dealing with topics in distinctive feature theory in various typologically diverse languages, including Acehnese, Afrikaans, Basque, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Navajo, Portuguese, Tahltan, Terena, Tswana, Tuvan, and Zoque. The subjects dealt with in the book include feature geometry, underspecification (in rule-based and in Opti-mality Theoretic treatments) and the phonetic implementation of phonological features. Other topics include laryngeal features (e.g. [voice], [spread glottis], [nasal]), and place features for consonants and vowels. The volume will be of interest to all linguists and advanced students of linguistics working on feature theory and/or the phonetics-phonology interface.

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Hall (Institut f<:u>r Linguistik, U. of Leipzig, Germany) presents nine chapters that look at theoretical issues of phonology related to representational questions. The main purposes of the book are to address the nature of featural representations in the phonological component (e.g. feature geometry and underspecification) and the connection between featural representation in the phonological component and interpretation of these features in phonetics. Specific topics include representational economy in constraint-based phonology, representing nasality in consonants, and the completion and enhancement of laryngeal dimensions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110170337
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Phonology and Phonetics [PP] Series, #2
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction: Phonological representations and phonetic implementation of distinctive features 1
Laryngeal dimensions, completion and enhancement 41
Representational economy in constraint-based phonology 71
Place of articulation first 147
Representing nasality in consonants 177
Patterns, pervasive patterns and feature specification 211
Phonetic implementation of the distinctive auditory features [voice] and [tense] in stop consonants 237
Distinctive [voice] implies regressive voicing assimilation 295
The phonology of /r/ 335
Index of languages 369
Index of subjects 371
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