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Title: The Phonology of Romanian
Subtitle: A Constraint - Based Approach
Written By: Ioana Chitoran
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar

The Phonology of Romanian offers the first systematic descriptive analysis of the phonological system of Romanian, one of the less well studied Romance languages. The author proposes an account of some of the major phonological processes of modern standard Romanian, set in the framework of Optimality Theory and Correspondence Theory.

Although the historical development of Romanian from Latin has been thoroughly studied by both Romanian and foreign linguists, accounts of the synchronic phonology of the language are harder to come by. The present book provides an overview of Romanian phonology: segment inventory, phonotactics, inflectional and derivational morphology. The main part of the study focuses on processes involving vocalic segments, which form the thread of the entire phonology of the language. These processes include glide-vowel and diphthong-vowel alternations, vowel harmony, palatalization. Acoustic phonetic data is used as supporting evidence for the phonological patterning of diphthongs and glide-vowel sequences.

The major theoretical issues addressed include: feature theory, syllable structure, metrical structure and stress, the interaction between phonology and morphology. Interesting complexities of the system are pointed out and discussed, as they pose certain challenges to the theoretical model. The book contains a large amount of systematically organized data, which makes it a solid reference for students and scholars of general and Romance phonology, and a strong basis for further study.

From the Contents


Overview of Romanian phonology and morphology

The stress system

Hiatus resolution

High Vowel - glide alternations

Post-consonantal glides and palatalization

The dipthongs ea, oa and mid-low vowel alternations

Conclusions and issues for further research

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Romanian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110167662
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 269
Prices: Euro 84.00 / sFr 134,- / approx. US$ 84.00