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Title: The Phonology of Contrast
Written By: Ana Lubowicz
Series Title: Advances in Optimality Theory

"The Phonology of Contrast" argues that contrast is one of the central
organizing principles of the grammar and provides a formal theory of contrast
couched in the framework of Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky
1993/2004). The study of the role of contrast is a growing area of interest in
linguistics and this monograph contributes to the debate on where contrast fits
in the grammar. The key finding is that contrast exists as an independent
principle in the grammar, which in the framework of Optimality Theory can be
formulated as a family of rankable and violable constraints. A formal proposal of
contrast is developed called Contrast Preservation Theory. This proposal is
illustrated and supported with diverse contrast phenomena in the areas of
phonology and at the phonology-morphology interface. Evidence is drawn from a
number of languages including Finnish, Arabic, and Polish. Predictions of the
proposal are discussed and compared with alternatives.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781845534165
Pages: 144
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