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The book is written within the framework of generative phonology, making use of insights derived from Optimality Theory. Its main, and successful, purpose is to present the phonological system of Norwegian clearly and concisely.
2. Segments: Inventory and Feature Specifications
3. Phonotactic Constraints
4. Word Phonology
5. Syllable Structure
6. Stress Assignment in Simplex Words
7. Cyclic Stress Assignment
8. Cyclic Syllabification
9. Tonal Accents
10. Intonation and Rhythm
11. Postlexical Segmental Phonology
12. Orthographic Conventions References
Posted March 2, 2009
This book is a description of what the author calls UEN or "Urban East Norwegian". It is a book which is meant for those with a real interest in the linguistics of Norwegian. If you simply want to learn the language of your immigrant grandparents, forget this book. It is heavy in linguistic terminology and could be almost impossible to understand for those who have no linguistic background. (It is not a candidate for Oprah's bookclub.) For those who have a real interest in Germanic Linguistics, and especially for the Scandinavian branch, it can be invaluable. It is an exhaustive review of Norwegian phonology. I especially liked his treatment of the Norwegian tones. In the two chapters devoted to them, he does a fantastic job of describing them and in showing how each might be predicted to appear on any given Norwegian word.
As stated above, this is not a book meant for those with only a casual interest in Norwegian. For scholars and those with a serious interest in linguistics, however, I strongly recommend it.