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Title: An Introduction to Element Theory
Written By: Phillip Backley
URL: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748637430
Description:

A fresh alternative for describing segmental structure in phonology.

This book invites students of linguistics to challenge and reassess their
existing assumptions about the form of phonological representations and the
place of phonology in generative grammar. It does this by offering a
comprehensive introduction to Element Theory.

Traditional features are capable of describing segments and segmental
patterns, but they are often unable to explain why those patterns are the way
they are. By using elements to represent segmental structure, we begin to
understand why languages show such a strong preference for certain kinds of
segments, contrasts, phonological processes and sound changes.

Using examples from a wide range of languages, this book demonstrates the
process of analysing phonological data using elements, and gives readers the
opportunity to compare element-based and feature-based accounts of the
same phonological patterns. Backley also challenges traditional views
through his innovative analysis of English weak vowels and diphthongs and
his unified treatment of linking r and intrusive r as glide formation processes.
Providing a thorough introduction to the main topics in segmental phonology,
this is an excellent overview for both students with a background in standard
phonology as well as for those who are new to the field.

Key Features
-Provides a full and up-to-date description of Element Theory
-Includes examples from many languages and various dialects of English
-Further reading suggested for each topic
-Contains over 100 illustrations, including spectral and spectrographic figures

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Phonology
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ISBN-13: 9780748637430
Pages: 224
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Pages: 224
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