LINGUIST List 8.1142

Wed Aug 6 1997

Books: Phonology

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Message 1: New Books: Phonology

Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 14:34:46 -0400
From: Tony Schiavo <>
Subject: New Books: Phonology

John Benjamins Publishing would like to call your attention to the
following new titles in the field of Phonology:

T. Alan Hall
1997 x, 176 pp. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 149
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 864 7 Price: US$57.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 3653 4 Price: Hfl. 100,--
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This study investigates the phonological behavior of coronal consonants,
i.e. sounds produced with the tip or blade of the tongue. The analysis
draws on data from over 120 languages and dialects. A definition of
coronality is proposed that rejects the current view holding that palatals
are positively marked for this feature. The feature [coronal] is assumed to
be privative; the natural class of noncoronals is captured with the feature
[peripheral], which dominates [labial] and [velar] in feature geometry. The
book contains a detailed examination of the phonological patterning of
segments belonging to each of the six coronal subplaces (i.e. interdental,
dental, alveolar, retroflex, palatoalveolar, and alveolopalatal). A
universal set of features is posited that accounts for these facts.
Inventories of coronal consonants are treated in depth and impossible
contrasts are accounted for with several if-then statements. The present
study also contains a lengthy analysis of the phonology of rhotic
consonants. A set of features is postulated which captures natural classes
involving rhotics and nonrhotic consonants and which distinguishes the
various stricture types among rhotics (i.e. trill vs. tap vs. approximant).
Contents: Introduction; The feature [coronal]; Feature specifications for
coronals; Coronal consonant inventories; Rhotics; Conclusion; Appendix 1:
IPA symbols; Appendix 2: The feature and their definitions.

Rajendra Singh (ed.)
1997 xiv, 363 pp. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 144
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 599 0 Price: $86.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 5226 2 Price: Hfl. 115,--
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In putting 'morphonology' up for adoption as a chapitre particulier in
1929, Trubetzkoy started a debate regarding the boundary between phonology
and morphology that has not ended yet. Essentially a record of a roundtable
devoted to that boundary (Montr=E9al, October 1994), Trubetzkoy's Orphan is =
full and fascinating picture of some very important contemporary attempts
to define it. In addition to papers that focus on it, the volume also
contains important papers on the closely related topics of 'morphoprosody'
and the 'lexicon', views from 'the floor' and 'the outside', and edited
transcripts of the discussions that took place at the Montr=E9al Roundtable.
Intended both for practicising and future phonologists and morphologists,
Trubetzkoy's Orphan is a valuable record of a very important debate
regarding one of the most central questions in phonology and morphology.
Contents: De l'autonomie de la morphophonologie: =C9. Tiffou; (I) Allomorphy
or Morphophonology?: P. Kiparsky; Comments on Kiparsky: K.P. Mohanan;
Comments on Kiparksy: D.C. Walker; Reply to Mohanan and Walker: P.
Kiparsky; Discussion; (II) A Functionalist Semiotic Model of Morphonology:
W.U. Dressler; Comments on Dressler: R. Janda; Comments on Dressler: D.C.
Walker; Reply to Janda and Walker: W.U. Dressler; Discussion; (III)
Quelques avantages d'une linguistique d=E9barrass=E9e de la morpho(pho)nolog=
A. Ford & R. Singh; Comments on Ford & Singh: K.P. Mohanan; Comments on
Ford & Singh: R. Janda; Reply to Mohanan and Janda: A. Ford & R. Singh;
(IV) Morphoprosody: Some reflections on accent and morphology: B. Hurch;
Comments on Hurch: G. Piggott; Reply to Piggott: B. Hurch; Discussion; (V)
Productivity, Regularity and Fusion: How language use affects the lexicon:
J. Bybee; Comments on Bybee: H. Goad; Reply to Goad: J. Bybee; Discussion;
(VI) Issues in Morphophonology: A view from the floor: R. Desrochers; On
Morphophonology: A view from the outside: P. Dasgupta.

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