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Title: Conditions on Phonological Government
Written By: Monik Charette
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 58

This is the first extended study written within the framework of Government
Phonology. Following the presentation of the main aspects of this theory,
the process of vowel-zero alternations is addressed and analysed together
with the idea that phonological processes are determined by principles of
Universal Grammar along with parameters that distinguish languages. By
using predominantly the alternation between schwa and zero in French, Monik
Charette demonstrates that vowel-zero alternations are neither cases of
insertion nor of deletion. Rather, they involve the interpretation of
'empty nuclei', i.e. nuclei with no segmental content, which must be
licensed by proper government. It is when proper government fails to apply
that a vowel is realized. Dr Charette also gives consideration to the
constraints to which proper government is subject. She argues that these
constraints result from phonological principles in conflict. This book
represents a major development in the analysis of phonological processes.
The extension of grammatical principles and parameters to phonological
phenomena is well argued, and will interest theoretical phonologists and
specialists of French alike.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024056
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 251
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
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