LINGUIST List 9.450

Tue Mar 24 1998

Books: Phonology

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  1. Rene H. Mulder, Phonology

Message 1: Phonology

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 11:08:35 +0100
From: Rene H. Mulder <>
Subject: Phonology

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_The iambic issue_ deals with a specific problem in metrical theory. Iambic
feet have some properties that set them apart from trochaic feet: In iambic
languages, stress on both the first and on the last syllable is avoided;
iambs are not assigned from right to left; the proto typical iambic foot (a
light syllable followed by a heavy syllable) does not play a role in
prosodic morphology. Building on Optimality Theory, it is argued that
iambic feet are the result of constraint interaction rather than being
building blocks of metrical theory.
 In chapter 2 and 3, the stress patterns of several Carib and Yupik
languages are analyzed in considerable detail and it is shown that the
rightheaded feet found on the surface in these languages are the result of
the interaction between a constraint which favors leftheaded feet and a
constraint which bars both the initial and the final syllable from being
 The claim that iambs can only arise at the left edge of the word,
and not on the right edge of the word, is substantiated in chapter 4. In
this chapter the stress patterns of several languages, which are claimed to
have iambs arising at the right edge of the word, are analyzed. An analysis
of these languages in terms of leftheaded feet is feasible as well, and, in
many cases, is even preferable.
 The prosodic morphology of a number of languages is then
investigated in chapter 5. It is concluded that the prototypical iamb is
never used as a building block in prosodic morphology. Finally, a summary
is presented in chapter 6.

Addressing issues in metrical phonology, this book is of interest for
phonologists as well as researchers interested in prosodic morphology.

Paperback, xii + 271 pp. (16x24cm)
ISBN 90-5569-040-6 [HIL Dissertations, 37]
With summary in Dutch. 

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_The phonology of Campidanian Sardinian_ presents a theoretical account of
the phonological system of the phonological system of Southern Sardinian.
In addition to a description of the rich variety of phonological facts of
the language, a unitary framework is developed which is based on three
existing theories: the Dependency-based approach to segmental structure,
Metrical Prosody and Optimality Theory. Major revisions and extensions of
the three theories are proposed which lead to a unitary account of an
entire phonological system, from the segmental 
level to the level of higher prosodic constituents. 

The phonological component of the grammar is argued to be
subject to two conflicting and complementary requirements:
Faithfulness to the underlying representation of lexical and phrasal
inputs, and Wellformedness requirements on the outputs. The former
preserves the interpretive task of phonology, while the latter aims at
the maximal regularity and predictability of sound patterns. Conflict
resolutions between Faithfulness and Wellformedness constraints give
rise to a phonological system which allows for both distinctiveness
and learnability.

As this book provides a description of an entire phonological system, as
well as a theoretical account of the mental organization of sound patterns
which underlies the observed phenomena, _The phonology of Campidanian
Sardinian is of interest both for descriptive and theoretical phonologists.

Paperback, xxii + 516 pp. (16x24cm)
ISBN 90-5569-043-0 [HIL Dissertations, 38]
With summary in Dutch. 

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