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Sun Sep 27 2009

Books: Phonology/Ling Theories: Dresher

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology: Dresher

Message 1: The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology: Dresher
Date: 26-Sep-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology: Dresher
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Title: The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 121
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: B. Elan Dresher
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521889735 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521889735 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Abstract:

'Contrast' - the opposition between distinctive sounds in a language - is
one of the most central concepts in linguistics. This book presents an
original account of the logic and history of contrast in phonology. It
provides empirical evidence from diverse phonological domains that only
contrastive features are computed by the phonological component of grammar.
It argues that the contrastive specifications of phonemes are governed by
language-particular feature hierarchies. This approach assigns a key role
to abstract cognitive structures, challenging contemporary approaches that
favour phonetic explanations of phonological phenomena. Tracing the
evolution of the hypothesis that contrastive features play a special role
in phonology, it shows how this insight has been obscured by
misunderstandings of the role of the contrastive feature hierarchy.
Questioning the widely held notion that contrast should be based on minimal
pairs, Elan Dresher argues that the contrastive hierarchy is indispensable
to illuminating accounts of phonological patterning.

1. Introduction;
2. The logic of contrast;
3. Contrast in structuralist phonology;
4. The rise and fall of the contrastive hierarchy;
5. Generative phonology: Contrast goes underground;
6. Contrast in optimality theory;
7. Evidence for the contrastive hierarchy in phonology;
8. Other approaches to contrast in phonology;
9. Conclusion.


Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Phonology

Written In: English (eng )

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