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LINGUIST List 18.3348

Mon Nov 12 2007

Books: Ling Theories/Phonology/Phonetics/Historical Ling: Blevins

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Evolutionary Phonology: Blevins

Message 1: Evolutionary Phonology: Blevins
Date: 12-Nov-2007
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Evolutionary Phonology: Blevins
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Title: Evolutionary Phonology
Subtitle: The Emergence of Sound Patterns
Published: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Juliette Blevins
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521043649 Pages: 386 Price: U.K. £ 35.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521043649 Pages: 386 Price: U.S. $ 65.00

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

Evolutionary Phonology is a theory of sound patterns which synthesizes
results in historical linguistics, phonetics and phonological theory. In
this book, Juliette Blevins explores the nature of sounds patterns and
sound change in human language over the past 7000-8000 years, the time
depth for which the comparative method is reasonably reliable. This book
presents an approach to the problem of how genetically unrelated languages,
from families as far apart as Native American, Australian Aboriginal,
Austronesian and Indo-European, can often show similar sound patterns, and
also tackles the converse problem of why there are notable exceptions to
most of the patterns that are often regarded as universal tendencies or
constraints. It argues that in both cases, a formal model of sound change
that integrates phonetic variation and patterns of misperception can
account for attested sound systems without reference to markedness or
naturalness within the synchronic grammar.


Part I. Preliminaries:
1. What is evolutionary phonology?
2. Evolution in language and elsewhere;
3. Explanation in phonology: a brief history of ideas;

Part II. Sound Patterns:
4. Laryngeal features;
5. Place features;
6. Other common sound patterns;
7. The evolution of geminates;
8. Some uncommon sound patterns;

Part III. Implications:
9. Synchronic phonology;
10. Diachronic phonology;
11. Beyond phonology;

Language index;
Subject index.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng )

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Edinburgh University Press http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/
Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://www.equinoxpub.com/
European Language Resources Association http://www.elda.org/sommaire.php
Georgetown University Press http://www.press.georgetown.edu
Hodder Arnold http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk
John Benjamins http://www.benjamins.com/
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates http://www.erlbaum.com/
Lincom GmbH http://www.lincom.at
MIT Press http://mitpress.mit.edu/
Mouton de Gruyter http://www.mouton-publishers.com
Multilingual Matters http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
Oxford University Press http://www.oup.com/us
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Springer http://www.springer.com

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International Pragmatics Assoc. http://www.ipra.be
Kingston Press Ltd http://www.kingstonpress.com/
Linguistic Assoc. of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke http://www.lotpublications.nl/
Pacific Linguistics http://pacling.anu.edu.au/
SIL International http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp
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Utrecht institute of Linguistics http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/


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