* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
LINGUIST List logo Eastern Michigan University Wayne State University *
* People & Organizations * Jobs * Calls & Conferences * Publications * Language Resources * Text & Computer Tools * Teaching & Learning * Mailing Lists * Search *
* *


LINGUIST List 24.1171

Fri Mar 08 2013

Books: Some Issues in Gujarati Phonology: Modi

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 06-Mar-2013
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Some Issues in Gujarati Phonology: Modi
E-mail this message to a friend

Title: Some Issues in Gujarati Phonology
Series Title: Languages of the World 44
Published: 2013
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom-shop.eu

Book URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu/

Author: Bharati Modi
Hardback: ISBN: 9783862884216 Pages: 274 Price: Europe EURO 148.00
Abstract:

This work is an attempt to study some salient features of Gujarati Phonology; especially of a standard dialect of the language. The work began by collection of the phonic substance of the language. No predecided, prefixed, theory or methodological frame was considered as a model. Only predecided part of the study was to stress the importance of phonetics in phonology, and to give weightage to the perception of the language users. The phonetic variation at the production end and the phonemes at the perception end are irresistibly challenging topics in the field of phonology.

The study has concentrated on some aspects of vowel phonology: the specific features of Gujarati vowel system has compelled me to do so.

One such feature of vowels makes them vulnerable to prosodies. Speech has its own musical score ranging from definite articules to laryngeal prosodies. Vowels with the optimal manifestation of voice create the vocalic continuum. The murmur prosody in Gujarati is the most interesting peculiarity of such continuum. It was noted that almost 50% of Gujarati speakers speak with a kind of phonation which inhibits murmuredness. Tomograms are provided to show the difference between two phonations types.

The issue of Gujarati having six vowel phonemes or eight is discussed in detail to show that variations in mid-vowels pose a theoretical question as to when does a feature serve as a contrastive feature phonemically.

Another pertinent feature of Gujarati vowel is nasalization. Various nasality manifestations are discussed here.

The dynamics of processes such as murmur, lowering of the vowels, nasalization call for the syllabication of the language.

The work concludes by attempting to give some rules (for the prosodies and processes) following dependency phonology and autosegmental phonology.

Dr.Bharati Modi was a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Linguistics at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Currently she is actively associated with the Akshar Trust which runs one of the most successful schools for the hearing impaired in Baroda, India. The Ministry of Education in India overseas the Rehabilitaion Council that operates specialized Training Programs for teachers of the Hearing Impaired Students. Since her retirement from active academics Dr. Modi has been part of the faculty for this specialized training program for the past 20 years. She teaches a range of subjects that cover Phonetics, Language Component, and Language acquisition.

Linguistic Field(s): Indo-European Linguistics
                            Phonetics
                            Phonology

Subject Language(s): Gujarati (guj)

Written In: English (eng)

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=64662


Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

-------------------------- Major Supporters --------------------------
Brill http://www.brill.nl
Cambridge Scholars Publishing http://www.c-s-p.org
Cambridge University Press http://us.cambridge.org
Cascadilla Press http://www.cascadilla.com/
Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group) http://www.continuumbooks.com
De Gruyter Mouton http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
Edinburgh University Press http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/
Elsevier Ltd http://www.elsevier.com/linguistics
Emerald Group Publishing Limited http://www.emeraldinsight.com/
Equinox Publishing Ltd http://www.equinoxpub.com/
European Language Resources Association - ELRA http://www.elra.info.
Georgetown University Press http://www.press.georgetown.edu
Hodder Education http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk
John Benjamins http://www.benjamins.com/
Lincom GmbH http://www.lincom.eu
MIT Press http://mitpress.mit.edu/
Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Multilingual Matters http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG http://www.narr.de/
Oxford University Press http://www.oup.com/us
Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com
Peter Lang AG http://www.peterlang.com
Rodopi http://www.rodopi.nl/
Routledge (Taylor and Francis) http://www.routledge.com/
Springer http://www.springer.com
University of Toronto Press http://www.utpjournals.com/
Wiley-Blackwell http://www.wiley.com

---------------------- Other Supporting Publishers ----------------------
Association of Editors of the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics http://www.fl.ul.pt/revistas/JPL/JPLweb.htm
International Pragmatics Assoc. http://www.ipra.be
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT http://www.lotpublications.nl/
SIL International http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp
University of Nebraska Press http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/catalog/CategoryInfo.aspx?cid=152
Utrecht institute of Linguistics http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/



Page Updated: 08-Mar-2013

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation       About LINGUIST    |   Contact Us       ILIT Logo
While the LINGUIST List makes every effort to ensure the linguistic relevance of sites listed on its pages, it cannot vouch for their contents.