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LINGUIST List 20.3297

Tue Sep 29 2009

Books: Phonetics/Phonology/Ling Theories: Campos-Astorkiza

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Role and Representation of Minimal Contrast and the Phonetics-Phonology Interaction: Campos-Astorkiza

Message 1: The Role and Representation of Minimal Contrast and the Phonetics-Phonology Interaction: Campos-Astorkiza
Date: 29-Sep-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Role and Representation of Minimal Contrast and the Phonetics-Phonology Interaction: Campos-Astorkiza
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Title: The Role and Representation of Minimal Contrast and the
Phonetics-Phonology Interaction
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 41
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza
Paperback: ISBN: 9783929075861 Pages: 273 Price: Europe EURO 72.00
Abstract:

This study investigates the role of minimal contrast in phonetics and
phonology. Two sounds are minimally contrastive when they differ in just
one property. The main findings are that (i) minimal contrast can influence
phonetic effects and (ii) phonological processes may single out minimally
contrastive elements. An experiment tests the influence of minimal length
contrast on the phonetic voicing effect, a pattern by which vowels are
longer before voiced than before voiceless obstruents, in Lithuanian. In
Lithuanian, only high and low vowels are minimally contrastive for length.
The results indicate the voicing effect is more limited for those vowels
that are minimally contrastive for length, showing a phonetic pattern
sensitive to minimal contrast. Therefore, it is argued that the
phonological representation must include information about minimal
contrast. Minimal contrast is formalized with a contrast-coindexing
function, which applies to minimally contrastive segments capable of
distinguishing pairs of words.

Contrast-coindexing predicts that minimal contrast might also be active in
the phonology. Evidence for this comes from vowel height harmony in Lena
Asturian, where only vowels minimally contrastive for height can trigger
harmony. The typology of vowel harmony from several varieties related to
Lena further supports the active role of minimal contrast.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Phonetics
                            Phonology

Subject Language(s): Asturian (ast)
                            Lithuanian (lit)

Written In: English (eng )

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