LINGUIST List 13.3376

Fri Dec 20 2002

Books: General Ling/Phonetics/Phonology: Kavitskaya

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  1. jleppig, Compensatory Lengthening: Darya Kavitskaya

Message 1: Compensatory Lengthening: Darya Kavitskaya

Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 15:01:09 +0000
From: jleppig <>
Subject: Compensatory Lengthening: Darya Kavitskaya

Title: Compensatory Lengthening
Subtitle: Phonetics, Phonology, Diachrony
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)		 
Author: Darya Kavitskaya, Yale University 
Hardback: ISBN: 0415941601, Pages: 240, Price: $65.00


The term compensatory lengthening (CL) refers to a set of phonological
phenomena wherein the disappearance of one element of a representation
is accompanied by a lengthening of another element. This study focuses
on descriptive and formal similarities and divergences between CL of
vowels triggered by consonant and by vowel loss.

To account for the full range of existing compensatory phenomena as
well as for the absence of certain logically possible outcomes, it is
necessary to distinguish synchronic and diachronic aspects of CL. It
is shown that both CL through consonant and through vowel loss arise
via phonologization of inherent duration of vowels and neither
involves any transfer of length or weight. Rather, intrinsic phonetic
vowel durations are reinterpreted as phonologically significant upon a
change in the conditioning environment or syllable structure.

Though similar diachronically, CL through consonant and vowel loss
function differently in synchronic grammars. Because of this split,
purely phonological accounts are inadequate to predict the full
typology of CL. It is proposed that the nature of the split is due to
a difference in the relationship between trigger and target for the
two types of CL.

The book is intended for phonologists, as well as for general linguists.


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