LINGUIST List 10.666

Wed May 5 1999

Books: Phonology

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Language Variation and Phonology
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, Parameters of Consonantal Assimilation

Message 1: Language Variation and Phonology

Date: Sun, 02 May 1999 21:50:26 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Language Variation and Phonology

John Benjamins would like to announce the following title on the subject of
language variation and phonological theory:

Variation, Change, and Phonological Theory. Frans HINSKENS, Roeland
VAN HOUT and W. Leo WETZELS (eds) Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
146 US & Canada: 1 55619 861 2 / USD 75.00 (Hardcover) Rest of World:
90 272 3650 X / NLG 150.00 (Hardcover) There is a growing awareness
that a fruitful cooperation between the (diachronic and synchronic)
study of language variation and change and work in phonological theory
is both possible and desirable. The study of language variation and
change would benefit from this kind of cooperation on the conceptual
and theoretical levels. Phonological theory may well profit from a
greater use of what is commonly called 'external evidence'. This
volume contains contributions by outstanding representatives from the
more data-oriented fields and phonological theory. They discuss
possibilities and problems for a further integration of both areas, by
considering questions such as where and to which extent the two may
need each other, and whether there is a need for an interdisciplinary
conceptual framework and methodology. Attention is also paid to
questions regarding the cause and actuation, linguistic constraints
and the internal spread of linguistic change, as well as to possible
and impossible processes of language change.

Contributions by: A. Anttila; P. Auer; T. Borowsky & B. Horvath; H.
Cedergren; G. Docherty; P.Foulkes; J.Milroy; L. Milroy; G. Guy; P.
Kiparsky; W. Labov; M.-R. Lloret; J. Myers; M. van Oostendorp;
S. Rose; N. Smith.

John Benjamins Publishing Co.
P O Box 27519
Philadelphia PA 19118-0519

Ph: 215 836-1200
Fax: 215 836-1204
Website: http://www.benjamins.com
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Message 2: Parameters of Consonantal Assimilation

Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 13:26:43 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Parameters of Consonantal Assimilation


PARAMETERS OF CONSONANTAL ASSIMILATION
Young-mee Yu Cho, Rutgers University

The goal of this book is to develop a parametric theory of consonantal
assimilation, one of the most well-attested processes in phonology and
one which has been described extensively enough to construct a theory
of some predictive power. The emphasis lies in constructing a
parametric theory in which all and only the possible types of
assimilations can be obtained through very simple combinations of the
possible settings of the following six parameters: (1) Site of
Spreading, (2) Specification on Target and/or Trigger, (3) Locality
Conditions, (4) Relative Ordering between Spreading and Redundancy
Rules, (5) Directionality, and (6) Domain of Spreading. The study is
based on detailed analyses of the assimilation phenomena of Korean,
Japanese and Sanskrit, among other languages. Building on the
theoretical assumptions made by Autosegmental Phonology, Feature
Geometry, Underspecification, and Lexical Phonology, all the
parameters involved in local and unbounded assimilation are
identified. In addition, certain universal tendencies regarding
consonantal assimilation find natural explanation in the present
framework.

Contents: 
1 	INTRODUCTION 
2 	THEORETICAL ASSUMPTIONS 
2.1 	AUTOSEGMENTAL PHONOLOGY 
2.1.1 	Assimilation as Spreading 
2.1.2 	Factorization of Feature-Changing Rules 
2.2 	FEATURE GEOMETRY 
2.3 	RADICAL UNDERSPECIFICATION 
2.3.1 	Coalescence 
2.3.2 	Edge-Neutralization 
2.3.3 	Assimilation 
2.3.4 	Absence of Place Nodes 
2.4 	STRUCTURE PRESERVATION 
2.5 	LOCALITY CONSTRAINTS ON RULES 
2.6 	SUMMARY 
3 	PARAMETERS OF ASSIMILATION 
3.1 	INTRODUCTION 
3.2 	JAPANESE ASSIMILATION 
3.3 	SANSKRIT CONSONANTAL SANDHI 
3.3.1 	Place Assimilation 
3.3.2	Neutralization 
3.3.3 	Other Assimilations 
3.3.4 	Conclusion 
3.4 	KOREAN ASSIMILATION 
3.4.1 	Place Assimilation 
3.4.2 	Other Assimilations 
3.4.3 	Coda Neutralization 
3.4.4 	Coda Simplification 
3.5 	PLACE ASSIMILATION AND CODA TARGET 
4. 	VOICING ASSIMILATION 
4.1 	INTRODUCTION 
4.2 	PARAMETERS OF VOICING ASSIMILATION 
4.3 	TYPOLOGY OF VOICING ASSIMILATION 
4.3.1 	Type 1: Coda Delinking and [voice] Spreading 
4.3.2 	Type 2: Coda Devoicing without Spreading 
4.3.3 	Type 3: Cluster Devoicing and [voice] Spreading 
4.3.4 	Type 4: Cluster Devoicing without Spreading 
4.3.5 	Type 5: No Devoicing with Spreading 
4.3.6 	Type 6: No Devoicing and No Spreading 
4.3.7 	Universal Delinking 
4.4 	COMPARING TWO THEORIES OF VOICING 
4.4.1 	The Role of Feature [sonorant] 
4.4.2 	The Status of "Voiceless" Sonorants
4.4.3 	On the Interaction of Final Devoicing and Phrasal Assimilation
4.4.4 	Voicing Assimilation and Underspecification 
4.5 	CONCLUSION 
5 	APPARENT COUNTEREXAMPLES 
5.1 	INTRODUCTION 
5.2 	SANSKRIT DOUBLING AND PALI GEMINATION 
5.2.1 	Sanskrit Doubling 
5.2.2 	Doubling 
5.2.3 	Pali Gemination 
5.2.4 	Problems with Assimilation Accounts 
5.2.5 	Non-Assimilation Accounts 
5.2.6 	Gemination Account 
5.3 	CASES OF AUTOMATIC SPREADING 
5.3.1 	Hausa 
5.3.2 	Italian 
5.3.3 	Old Irish 
5.4 	CONCLUSION 
6 	TRADITIONAL GENERALIZATIONS REVISITED 
6.1 	CONSONANT STRENGTH HIERARCHY 
6.2 	DIRECTION OF ASSIMILATION 
6.2.1 	Dominant Assimilation 
6.2.2 	Progressive vs. Regressive Assimilation 
6.3 	HOMORGANIC NASAL ASSIMILATION 
6.4 	PRINCIPLE OF SIMILARITY 
6.4.1 	Review of some Putative Cases 
6.4.2 	A Case of Apparent Similarity 
6.4.3 	Hierarchical Extension of Similarity 
6.4.4 	Similarity and the OCP 
6.5 	CONCLUSION 
7 	CONCLUSION 
REFERENCES

ISBN 3 89586 607 5. 
LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 15. 
266pp. USD 70 / DM 112 / \163 42. Course discount: 30% (5 copies or more).
Info: LINCOM EUROPA, Paul-Preuss-Str. 25, D-80995 Muenchen, Germany; FAX
+49 89 3148909; http://home.t-online.de/home/LINCOM.EUROPA;
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