This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Phonological Projection: A Theory of Feature Content and Prosodic Structure
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.
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