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LINGUIST List 20.2503

Tue Jul 14 2009

Books: Phonetics/Phonology: Lass

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        1.    Daniel Davies, English Phonology and Phonological Theory: Lass

Message 1: English Phonology and Phonological Theory: Lass
Date: 13-Jul-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: English Phonology and Phonological Theory: Lass
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Title: English Phonology and Phonological Theory
Subtitle: Synchronic and Diachronic Studies
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 17
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Roger Lass
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521113243 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521113243 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 36.99
Abstract:

Dr. Lass examines certain crucial issues in phonological and general
linguistic theory through detailed studies of English phonetics,
dialectology and language-history. He argues that contemporary 'standard'
phonological theory is inhibited and misled by the related disadvantages of
an artificially constrained formalism and a restricted database. He
confronts theories of English phonology with a much wider range of
material than is usual, drawing for example on Scots, Northern and
North-Midland English, East Coast American dialects, and many others. Dr.
Lass offers solutions to many outstanding problems in the history of
English. All the detailed discussions are informed by an overriding concern
for the methodological and philosophical issues suggested by such problems.
What kind of discipline is linguistics? What kinds of knowledge do its
procedures yield and how are they validated?

Preface;

Part I. Vowel Contrasts and their Deployment in English: 'Length' and
'System':
1. On the 'two kinds of vowels' in English;
2. Rules, metarules, and the shape of the Great Vowel Shift;
3. The Great Vowel Shift and its aftermath in the North Midlands;

Part II. Expanding the Database: The Yield of Comparative Method:
4. What kind of vowel was Middle English /a/ and what really happened to it?;
5. Middle English /c/ in New York City English;

Part III. Issues in General theory: Features, Rules and Classes:
6. On the phonological characterization of [?] and [h];
7. Complementary modes of description in phonology;
Epilogue.


Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Phonetics
                            Phonology
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Middle English (enm)

Written In: English (eng )

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