Syllable Structure: The Limits of Variation

Syllable Structure: The Limits of Variation

by San Duanmu
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199267596

ISBN-13: 9780199267590

Pub. Date: 12/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

"This book looks at the range of possible syllables in human languages. The syllable is a central notion in phonology, yet basic questions about it remain poorly understood and phonologists are divided on even the most elementary issues. For example, the word city has been syllabified as ci-ty (the 'maximal onset' analysis), cit-y (the 'no-open-lax-V' analysis), and…  See more details below

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"This book looks at the range of possible syllables in human languages. The syllable is a central notion in phonology, yet basic questions about it remain poorly understood and phonologists are divided on even the most elementary issues. For example, the word city has been syllabified as ci-ty (the 'maximal onset' analysis), cit-y (the 'no-open-lax-V' analysis), and cit-ty (the 'geminate C' analysis). San Duanmu explores and clarifies these and many other related issues through an in-depth analysis of the entire lexicons of several languages." His clear exposition will appeal to phonologists and advanced students and will provide a new benchmark in syllabic and prosodic analysis. He also offers an answer to the intriguing question: how different can human languages be?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199267590
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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Table of Contents


1 Introduction 1
2 Features, sounds, complex sounds, and the no contour principle 11
3 Theories of syllable structure 36
4 Syllable structure in Chinese 72
5 Standard Chinese 86
6 Shanghai Chinese 112
7 Syllable and tone 129
8 English I : the maximal syllable size 148
9 English II : syllable inventory and related issues 182
10 German 207
11 Jiarong (rGyalrong) 224
12 Theoretical implications 237 References 257 Author index 269 Language index 272 Subject index 273

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