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LINGUIST List 23.3063

Sun Jul 15 2012

Books: The Phonology of Contrast: Lubowicz

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 13-Jul-2012
From: Janet Joyce <jjoyceequinoxpub.com>
Subject: The Phonology of Contrast: Lubowicz
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Title: The Phonology of Contrast
Series Title: Advances in Optimality Theory
Published: 2012
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
                http://www.equinoxpub.com/

Book URL: http://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=332&keyword=contrast

Author: Ana Lubowicz
Hardback: ISBN: 9781845534165 Pages: 144 Price: U.S. $ 95 Comment: £60
Abstract:

"The Phonology of Contrast" argues that contrast is one of the central
organizing principles of the grammar and provides a formal theory of contrast
couched in the framework of Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky
1993/2004). The study of the role of contrast is a growing area of interest in
linguistics and this monograph contributes to the debate on where contrast fits
in the grammar. The key finding is that contrast exists as an independent
principle in the grammar, which in the framework of Optimality Theory can be
formulated as a family of rankable and violable constraints. A formal proposal of
contrast is developed called Contrast Preservation Theory. This proposal is
illustrated and supported with diverse contrast phenomena in the areas of
phonology and at the phonology-morphology interface. Evidence is drawn from a
number of languages including Finnish, Arabic, and Polish. Predictions of the
proposal are discussed and compared with alternatives.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Phonology

Written In: English (eng)

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