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Fri Dec 20 2002

Books: Ling Theories/Phonetics/Phonology: Zhang

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  1. jleppig, The Effects of Duration & Sonority on Contour Tone Distribution

Message 1: The Effects of Duration & Sonority on Contour Tone Distribution

Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 15:29:55 +0000
From: jleppig <>
Subject: The Effects of Duration & Sonority on Contour Tone Distribution

Title: The Effects of Duration & Sonority on Contour Tone Distribution
Subtitle: A Typological Survey and Formal Analysis
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)		 
Author: Jie Zhang, Harvard University 
Hardback: ISBN: 0415941563, Pages: 288, Price: $75.00


This book presents a detailed and enlightening examination of the
effects of duration and sonority on the pattens of positional
restriction of contour tones. Through a typological survey and
analysis of 187 genetically diverse languages the author challenges
the theoretical standpoint from which the problem has been
traditionally addressed and adds to the growing amount of data which
places the dichotomy between phonology and phonetics into
question. The results of this rigorous investigation are, the author
argues, inexpressible in traditional phonology and requires an
innovative collapsing of the older model's operative distinction. This
new theoretical model allows the author to provide a hitherto
unavailable accounting of contour tones, but also represents a major
theoretical contribution in its own right.


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