The Phonology of Catalan

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This is the most comprehensive account of Catalan phonology ever published. Catalan is a Romance language, occupying a position somewhere between French, Spanish, and Italian. It is the first language of six and a half million people in the northeastern Spain and of the peoples of Andorra, French Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and a small region of Sardinia. Dr Wheeler describes Barcelona pronunciation and the major varieties of western Catalonia, Valencia, and Majorca, and considers social and stylistic variation.

The author's approach is through a clear, pragmatic version of orthodox Optimality Theory and is informed by close attention to articulatory phonetics. He includes a substantial account of post-lexical (phrasal) phonology and has designed his approach to be of maximum use to those seeking either to understand the phonology and morphology of Catalan and its varieties or to set these within a comparative or typological perspective. After an introduction to the varieties of Catalan the author devotes chapters to segment inventories; syllable structure; phrasal phonology; coda voicing; coda place; cluster reduction; epenthesis; stress and prosody; word phonology and allomorphy; and the syllabification of pronominal clitics. The book is fully referenced and contains a comprehensive bibliography. It is likely to be the standard account of its subject for many years.

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Meet the Author

Max Wheeler is Reader in Linguistics at the University of Sussex where his research focuses on phonology, and on change in inflectional morphology. He is joint editor of the electronic Journal of Catalan Studies. He is co-author with Alan Yates and Nicolau Dols of Catalan: A Comprehensive Grammar (1999).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Phonological primitives and segment inventories 10
3 Syllable structure 78
4 Phrasal phonology : vowel sandhi 124
5 Coda voicing neutralization and assimilation 145
6 Coda place and manner assimilation and neutralization 166
7 Cluster reduction 220
8 Epenthesis and other sonority-related phenomena 250
9 Stress, feet, and phrases 276
10 Word phonology and phonologically conditioned allomorphy 310
11 The syllabification of pronominal clitics 341
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