Title: Psychological Reality in Phonology
Subtitle: A Theoretical Study
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 25
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Per Linell
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521104777 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 21.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521104777 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Generative linguists have always claimed that the transformational models of language offer the best descriptive accounts of language. But they have often made a further and more ambitious claim for these models: that they have some psychological validity and represent our mental organisation of linguistic knowledge. The models are therefore supposed to explain at least some aspects of how, as speakers and listeners, we produce, perceive and understand all human utterances. Dr. Linell attacks this claim and particularly its application to phonology and offers fundamental criticisms of the 'orthodox' school of generative phonology associated with Chomsky and Halle. His own positive proposals stress the importance of surface phenomena as opposed to abstract underlying forms and lead to a new typology of phonological rules and a new consideration of the relations between phonology and phonetics and between phonology and morphology. The book will interest a wide range of linguists and some psychologists as well as specialists in phonology and phonetics.
Prologue; 1. On psychological reality; 2. Phonology in a model of communicative competence; 3. Phonological forms as plans for phonetic acts; 4. Phonetic plans and lexical entries; 5. Phonemic contrasts; 6. Phonotactics and phonological correctness; 7. Morphological operations and morphophonology; 8. Word forms as primes; 9. Morphemes and morpheme identity; 10. Typology of phonological rules; 11. The child's acquisition of phonology; 12. On the fallacy of regarding morphemes as phonological invariants; 13. The concreteness and non-autonomy of phonology; Epilogue; Bibliography.