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LINGUIST List 20.4210

Tue Dec 08 2009

Books: Phonetics/Phonology/Socioling: Kügler, Féry, Vijver (Eds)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology: Kügler, Féry, Vijver (Eds)

Message 1: Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology: Kügler, Féry, Vijver (Eds)
Date: 07-Dec-2009
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology: Kügler, Féry, Vijver (Eds)
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Title: Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology
Series Title: Phonology and Phonetics [PP] 14
Published: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110219319-1

Editor: Frank Kügler
Editor: Caroline Féry
Editor: Ruben van de Vijver
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110219326 Pages: 430 Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110219319 Pages: 430 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

This book provides an overview of current issues in variation and gradience
in phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics. It contributes to the growing
interest in gradience and variation in theoretical phonology by combing
research on the factors underlying variability and systematic quantitative
results with theoretical phonological considerations. Variation is inherent
to language, and one of the aims of phonological theory is to describe and
explain the mechanisms underlying variation at every level of phonological
representation. Variation below the segment concerns articulatory, acoustic
and perceptual cues that contribute to the formation of natural classes of
sounds. At the segmental level there are grammatical differences in the
production and perception of contextual variation of segments and in the
syntagmatic constraints on the combination of segments. At the
suprasegmental level the mapping of tones to grammatical functions and vice
versa is discussed. Further aspects addressed in this book are factors
outside of language: Variation that arises as a result of a particular
dialect or of belonging to a certain age group, or variation that is the
consequence of language change.

Gradience and variation have always been a central issue in phonetic and
sociolinguistic research. Gradience introduces variation in phonology as
well. If a phonetic entity can be pronounced in different ways, depending
on the environment, prosodic factors or dialectal influences, this
'gradience' may introduce 'variation', which we understand as a stable
state of grammar.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Phonetics
                            Phonology
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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