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LINGUIST List 19.1349

Tue Apr 22 2008

Diss: Historical Ling/Phonology/Typology: Jauregi: 'The Syllable of...'

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        1.    Oroitz Jauregi, The Syllable of Basque: Structure and history

Message 1: The Syllable of Basque: Structure and history
Date: 18-Apr-2008
From: Oroitz Jauregi <oroitz.jauregiehu.es>
Subject: The Syllable of Basque: Structure and history
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Institution: Universidad del Pais Vasco
Program: Basque linguistics and philology
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Oroitz Jauregi

Dissertation Title: The Syllable of Basque: Structure and history

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Basque (eus)

Dissertation Director(s):
Joseba A. Lakarra
Miren Lourdes Onederra

Dissertation Abstract:

The present dissertation, based on the theory of Natural Phonology, examines the
phonological features and the preferences (along the lines of Vennemann 1988) of
the Basque syllable structure.

At the same time, it is shown that the motivation for the occurrence of many
segmental phonological processes in Basque is the optimization of the unit
syllable as such.

The dissertation also puts forward the idea that optimization of syllable
structure may be an important motivation for the existence and productivity of
many segmental processes of Basque phonology.

The holistic typology based on rhythm (Donegan / Stampe 1983, 2004) is
fundamental in this dissertation. From that point of view, nowadays Basque
exhibits a certain typological pattern: a agglutinating language, with a
syllable-timed language-rhythm, and a quite natural phonological system, etc.

The dissertation intends to contribute, from the rhythmic perspective, to the
recent proposals (especially Lakarra 2005, 2006) for the reconstruction of the
Basque language.

In addition to that, two experimental analysis are presented. The first one is
an acoustic phonetic experiment, as it measures the duration of syllables (of
different syllable structures) in spontaneous speech. The second analysis is a
diachronic comparison of the frequency of appearance of the different syllable
structure types in several Basque written texts.

This piece of research aims at a better knowledge of the Basque language and
also to underline the importance of the syllable in linguistic, and especially
in phonological studies.
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