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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Japanese Morphophonemics
Subtitle: Markedness and Word Structure
Written By: Junko Ito
Armin Mester
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

The sound pattern of Japanese, with its characteristic pitch accent system
and rich segmental alternations, has played an important role in modern
phonology, from structuralist phonemics to current constraint-based
theories. In Japanese Morphophonemics Junko Ito and Armin Mester provide
the first book-length treatment of central issues in Japanese phonology
from the perspective of Optimality Theory.

In Optimality Theory (OT), a generative grammar (including its phonological
component) is built directly on the often conflicting demands of different
grammatical principles and incorporates a specific kind of optimization as
the means of resolving these conflicts. OT offers a new perspective from
which to view many of the processes, alternations, and generalizations that
are the traditional subject matter of phonology. Using the phonology of
compounds as an analytical thread, Ito and Mester revisit central aspects
of the sound pattern of Japanese and submit them to the rigor of OT. In
pursuing both well-known and less-explored issues in this area, they show
that an optimality-theoretic approach not only provides new solutions to
old puzzles but also suggests interesting new questions for both
descriptive work and theoretical research.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0262090368
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 326
Prices: U.S. $ 75

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0262590239
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 326
Prices: U.S. $ 30