LINGUIST List 16.1001

Sat Apr 02 2005

Qs: Phonetics & Phonology References;English Compounds

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        1.    Mark A. Mandel, Phonetics and Phonology References
        2.    Cherry (Huei-ts) Huang, The Internal Structure of English Compound Words

Message 1: Phonetics and Phonology References

Date: 30-Mar-2005
From: Mark A. Mandel <>
Subject: Phonetics and Phonology References

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A friend sent me the following inquiry. Can anyone offer advice and


... I am once again educating myself in earnest in the broader field of the
speech sciences.

You may recall years ago that you reommended Ladefoged's introductory text
to me. I dip into it regularly. And this past week I have read with great
interest the most recent Johns Hopkins Summer Workshop report, WS04:

I am ever-more convinced that a solid understanding of the mechanics of
speech production and, most importantly, their interaction with
phonological constraints will be essential for high-performance speech
recognition systems.

So, I'm getting reference materials, and, if you have time, I'd appreciate
your input on my educational effort.

I plan on buying Kenneth Stevens book on the acoustic side of things:
"Acoustic Phonetics (Current Studies in Linguistics)". And I have enough
background in acoustics that I can pick and choose other material to read.

Where I'm rather ignorant is with the higher-level phonemic, phonological
and language constraints. I'd like a comprehensive reference (if there is
one) that covers the most-recent theoretical breakthough in the
representation of pronunciation variability. The WS04 report dates this
breakthrough (the third of three they discuss, starting with Chomsky's
seminal work in 1968) to 1990, refering specifically to:

Catherine P. Browman and Louis Goldstein. Articulatory phonology: An
overview, Phonetica, 49:155-180, 1992.

Are you familiar with this theoretical and practical work? Are there
reference books you could recommend about phonology at this level? In some
ways I might be satisfied with a (compact) tabularized set of rules that
indicate when and how pronunciation varies and specifies how these
variations do or don't matter to word and syntax identification in the
language. You might say that I'm looking for the book of which chapters 2
and 3 of the WS04 report are a summary. :-)

-- Mark A. Mandel

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Message 2: The Internal Structure of English Compound Words

Date: 29-Mar-2005
From: Cherry (Huei-ts) Huang <>
Subject: The Internal Structure of English Compound Words

Very Nice to meet you. I am Cherry, a graduate student of National
Kaohsiung Normal University, located in Taiwan. Right now I am in such a
hurry to try my best for finding at least 20 English Native Speakers as my
subjects of thesis, whose topic is related to morphology, English compound
words. The participants in this study need to rewrite the sentence
containing an English compound word and rate the difficulty of such
rewriting task. If it is possible for you to do me a favor, I will very
appreciate for your help. And pleast write me an e-mail:

Thank you so much. ^^
Best wishes,

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

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