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Title: Phonological Projection: A Theory of Feature Content and Prosodic Structure
Written By: Marc van Oostendorp
Description:

This book deals with the relation between the feature content of segments and the prosodic structure headed by those segments. It also presents several important contributions to the framework of Optimality Theory. Apart from this, the volume will make available many new data to phonologists working in other frameworks.

Contents:

Introduction
The Headedness of syllables - Theoretical background - Data - Organisation of the book

Vowel quality and rhyme structure in Dutch
Introduction - The Dutch vowel system - Tenseness versus length: The case of Dutch - A theory based on the feature lax - [lax] and syllable structure in vowel harmony - Some more arguments for the length of A-vowels - Richness of the base - Conclusion - Appendix: Historical overview
Tilburg Dutch and Standard Dutch vowel length
Details in the Standard Dutch vowel system - A dialect with real length: Tilburg Dutch - Derivation of the Dutch vowel system
Derived schwa in Dutch
Introduction - Properties of r-schwa - Properties of e-schwa - Summary and conclusion
Dutch U-schwa
Introduction - Properties of u-schwa - Previous analyses of u-schwa - Remaining problems - Conclusion - Table of properties
Schwa in French and Norwegian
Introduction - French - Norwegian - Conclusion
A vowel-glide alternation in Rotterdam Dutch
Introduction - The second person clitic - The diminutive suffix - Sievers's Law - Other issues - Conclusion
The projection constraint family
Introduction - Projection and weakness - The foot level - The N level - The rhyme - Nuclear level - Features - Constraints conflicting with projection and weakness - Conclusion
Appendices
Constraints and families of constraints
Prosodic well-formedness - Autosegmental representations - Feature co-occurrence and licensing - Parsing - Constraints against unnecessary structure - Ad hoc constraint
Arguments for ranking
Topology of the Dutch lexicon - Topology of the Dutch post-lexical phonology
Ranking schemes
Topology of the Standard Dutch lexicon - Topology of the Standard Dutch post-lexical phonology - Topology of the French phonology - Topology of the Rotterdam Dutch phonology
References
Language Index
Subject Index

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Phonology
Subject Language(s): Dutch
French
Norwegian Bokmål
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110154226
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 350 p
Prices: US$ 124.00