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Title: The Phonological Enterprise
Written By: Mark Robert Hale
Charles Reiss
URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199533978
Description:

Re-examines foundational issues in phonology, linguistics, and cognitive
science. Develops a coherent picture of the study of phonology and its
relationship to other disciplines. Written with wit and in a clear and
pedagogic style.

This book scrutinizes recent work in phonological theory from the
perspective of Chomskyan generative linguistics and argues that progress in
the field depends on taking seriously the idea that phonology is best
studied as a mental computational system derived from an innate base,
phonological Universal Grammar. Two simple problems of phonological
analysis provide a frame for a variety of topics throughout the book. The
competence-performance distinction and markedness theory are both addressed
in some detail, especially with reference to phonological acquisition.
Several aspects of Optimality Theory, including the use of Output-Output
Correspondence, functionalist argumentation and dependence on typological
justification are critiqued. The authors draw on their expertise in
historical linguistics to argue that diachronic evidence is often mis-used
to bolster phonological arguments, and they present a vision of the proper
use of such evidence. Issues of general interest for cognitive scientists,
such as whether categories are discrete and whether mental computation is
probabilistic are also addressed. The book ends with concrete proposals to
guide future phonological research.

The breadth and depth of the discussion, ranging from details of current
analyses to the philosophical underpinnings of linguistic science, is
presented in a direct style with as little recourse to technical language
as possible.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Phonology
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Pages: 304
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ISBN-13: 9780199533978
Pages: 304
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