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By Sari Pietikäinen, FinlandAlexandra Jaffe, Long BeachHelen Kelly-Holmes, and Nikolas Coupland

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Title: Vowel Reduction in Optimality Theory
Written By: Katherine Crosswhite
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
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This book examines the phenomenon of vowel reduction, in which two or more underlying vowel qualities are neutralized in unstressed position. The main purpose is to identify any cross-linguistic trends seen in languages that have vowel reduction, and to explicate the reasons behind these trends. Based on comparison of vowel reduction phenomena from a number of languages, vowel reduction is claimed to be a non-unitary phenomenon, lending itself to a twofold analysis of vowel reduction: one based on increasing vowel dispersion in unstressed syllables, and the other based on decreasing the sonority of unstressed vowels. The analysis provided for these two types of vowel reduction allow for predictions about the possible types of reduction systems that should be found in the world's languages.

Publication Year: 2001
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415936918
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 336
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