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LINGUIST List 17.2717

Fri Sep 22 2006

Diss: Phonology: Shiraishi: 'Topics in Nivkh Phonology'

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        1.    Hidetoshi Shiraishi, Topics in Nivkh Phonology

Message 1: Topics in Nivkh Phonology
Date: 22-Sep-2006
From: Hidetoshi Shiraishi <hidesgu.ac.jp>
Subject: Topics in Nivkh Phonology

Institution: University of Groningen
Program: The Sound Pattern of the Arctic Languages
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: Hidetoshi Shiraishi

Dissertation Title: Topics in Nivkh Phonology

Dissertation URL: http://ext-web.edu.sgu.ac.jp/hidetos/HTML/diss.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Subject Language(s): Gilyak (niv)

Dissertation Director:
Dicky Gilbers
John Nerbonne
Tjeerd de Graaf

Dissertation Abstract:

Nivkh (also called Gilyak) is a language isolate (or microfamily) spoken on
the island of Sakhalin and on the lower reaches of the Amur River in the
Russian Far East. The thesis consists of descriptive and theoretical
parts. The descriptive parts are Chapter 2 and the introductory sections
of Chapter 3 and 4. These parts aim to familiarize the reader with the
basic phonology of Nivkh, and to provide background information in order to
discuss the phonological issues in Chapter 3 and 4. In these descriptive
sections, special emphasis is put on i) those aspects of Nivkh phonology
which have been hitherto unknown, and ii) those characteristics in which
the West Sakhalin dialect of Nivkh deviates from other dialects of Nivkh.
Chapters 3 and 4 discuss two phonological topics: Chapter 3 deals with
laryngeal phonology and Chapter 4 with Consonant Mutation. In these
chapters I will first give a descriptive sketch of the issues and review
the way previous works dealt with them. For both issues, I propose
alternative approaches and show how the proposed analyses succeed in
describing complicated phonology on the surface from a restricted number of
phonological principles and generalizations.

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