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LINGUIST List 17.268

Thu Jan 26 2006

Books: Phonetics/Phonology, Italian: van der Veer

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        1.    K. van den Heuvel, The Italian 'Mobile Diphthongs': van der Veer


Message 1: The Italian 'Mobile Diphthongs': van der Veer
Date: 25-Jan-2006
From: K. van den Heuvel <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: The Italian 'Mobile Diphthongs': van der Veer


Title: The Italian 'Mobile Diphthongs'
Subtitle: A Test Case for Experimental Phonetics and Phonological Theory
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series 122
Published: 2006
Publisher: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics / LOT Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistic
                http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl

Author: B. van der Veer, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
Electronic: ISBN: 9076864888 Pages: 191 Price: U.S. $ free
Paperback: ISBN: 9076864888 Pages: 191 Price: Europe EURO 21.57
Abstract:

"The Italian 'mobile diphthongs''" sheds light on the complexity of one of
the salient analogical changes that occurred in the Italian language, viz.
the elimination of the alternation between the stressed diphthongs [jɛ] and
[wɔ] and the unstressed monophthongs [e] and [o], respectively, within a
limited group of inflectional and derivational paradigms. Historically, the
monophthong-diphthong alternation was the consequence of a pan-Romance
diphthongization process that affected the Late Latin low mid vowels in
stressed positions. The relatively recent levelling of this alternation has
led to a great deal of variation: in some cases the alternations are
maintained while in others they have been eliminated.

The first aim of the present study was to scrutinize durational aspects of
Italian diphthongs and monophthongs in general. The second aim was to
examine to what extent the variation caused by analogical levelling of the
monophthong-diphthong alternation, attested in written sources, also occurs
in the spoken language. To investigate these issues, a series of production
experiments was carried out with native speakers of Italian. The final aim
was to provide a coherent phonological treatment of the insights provided
by the experiments within the framework of Optimality Theory.

The book is intended as a contribution to experimental phonetics and
phonology. It introduces an exciting tool for language-variation research,
the speech-shadowing technique, and discusses recent phonological
approaches to phenomena such as glide formation, analogy and paradigm
uniformity. Therefore, this study is of interest to both phoneticians and
phonologists, as well as to linguists with a special interest in Italian.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
                            Phonology

Subject Language(s): Italian (ita)

Written In: English (eng )

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