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Title: A Unified Approach to Nasality and Voicing
Written By: Kuniya Nasukawa
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar 65

Of interest to: Research Libraries, Researchers and Advanced Students
(Phonology, Generative Linguistics, Language Typology, Phonetics,
Computational Linguistics, Psychology)

This book makes an important contribution to the expanding body of work in
generative phonology which aims to reduce the number of traditionally
recognized melodic categories in order to achieve a greater degree of
restrictiveness. By analyzing data from a large number of different
languages, Nasukawa establishes a clear affinity between nasality and
voicing, and demonstrates the advantages of treating these two properties
as different phonetic manifestations of a single nasal-voice category. The
choice of whether to interpret this category as voicing or nasality is
determined by the active or inactive status of a complement tier; when
active, this complement tier enhances the acoustic image of its head
category and is interpreted as voicing. This study deepens our
understanding of the typological relation between nasality and voicing, and
sheds new light on a number of related agreement phenomena such as nasal
harmony, postnasal voicing assimilation, voiced-obstruent voicing
assimilation and spontaneous prenasalisation.

Kuniya Nasukawa is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the Tohoku Gakuin
University, Sendai, Japan.


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Publication Year: 2005
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ISBN: 3110184818
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Pages: xvi, 189 pages
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