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Query:   Summary Part 1 - Cognitive Phonology
Author:  Andre Luiz Souza
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Linguistic LingField(s):   Linguistic Theories

Summary:   Dear colleagues,

I sent, some time ago, a query to LINGUISTLIST, asking for references and others sources about ''Cognitive Phonology'', in order to help the development of the researh I have been carrying in Brazil. I have got lots of answers. First of all, I'd like to thank everybody who has somehow helped me out. As soon as I get the research done, I'll let you all know. I present bellow the summary of the answers I've got.


Andre L Souza
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Faculdade de Letras

* Herbert L. Colston (University of Wisconsin-Parkside)

There is some work by Willie Van Peer, who has
collaborated with people somewhere in Brazil,
on the embodied motivation of some aspects of

I've also begun some work in this area on the
potential bodily motivation of certain phonological
structures in English (-ench, -inch, -easy, -eesy)
and how they pertain to the conceptual domains of
tight/constrained/etc., versus loose/open/etc.

* Andrea Matos

Chapter 10 - the cognitive model of phonology/morphology - on Cognitive Linguistics by William Croft and Allan Cruse might be a good source.

* Dirk Geeraerts

I wouldn't say the literature is sparse. There's good work by John
Geoff Nathan and Joan Bybee.

* Israel ''izzy'' Cohen

In Semitic languages you sometimes find that the sounds of a word have
been reversed for any of the following reasons:

1 - A noun/thing or action/verb is taboo.
2 - The word is ineffable, such as a god's name, e.g., kHermes ->
Mercury, or Zeus -> Souza :-).
3 - A thing is dangerous or an event is feared, e.g., ''Pillar of Salt''
4 - On anthropomorphic maps, the toponym already exists on another map.
5 - There is a semantic reversal of another word, such as Genesis 42:23
where MLTZ = ''translator'' is a reversal of TZLM = picture, that is, to
''un-picture'' Egyptian hieroglyphics.

* Sarah Taub

John Taylor has a nice discussion in his textbook ''Cognitive Grammar''
He writes very clearly and without unnecessary jargon. His discussion doesn't go far enough, but it's a nice start.

* Mr Matthew Anstey (Charles Sturt University, School of Theology, Sessional Lecturer)

Check out this web page, with Boersma's dissertation available online. A great starting place.

* Geoff Nathan

I have written a few articles on the subject, and I have a nearly-finished book manuscript. I will include a bibliography of my work below.


Hurch, Bernhard, and Geoffrey S. Nathan. 1996. ?Naturalness in Phonology.? STUF (Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung)49(3):231-45.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1985. ?Towards a Natural Phonology of Juncture.? In Natural Phonology from Eisenstadt, ed. Wolfgang Dressler and Livia Tonelli. Padova:: CLESP.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1986. ?Phonemes as Mental Categories.? In Proceedings of the 12th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Vol.12.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1987. ?On Second-Language Acquisition of Voiced Stops.? Journal of Phonetics15:313-22.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1989. ?Preliminaries to a Theory of Phonological Substance: The Substance of Sonority.? In Linguistic Categorization, ed. Roberta Corrigan, Fred Eckman, and Michael Noonan. Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science. Series IV - Current Issues in Linguistic Theory. Vol. 61. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1990. ?On the Natural Phonology of Voicing.? In Naturalists at Krems, eds Juli?n M?ndez Dosuna Dosuna and Carmen Pensado. Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1990. ?On the Non-Acquisition of an English Sound Pattern.? In New Sounds 90, eds Jonathan Leather and Allan James. University of Amsterdam.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1995. ?How the Phoneme Inventory Gets Its Shape--Cognitive Grammar?s View of Phonological Systems.? Rivista di Linguistica6(2):275-88.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1996. ?Towards a Cognitive Phonology.? In Natural Phonology: The State of the Art, eds Bernhard Hurch and Richard Rhodes. Berlin: Mouton/de Gruyter.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1997. ?On the Non-Acquisition of an English Sound Pattern.? In Second Language Speech: Structure and Process, eds Allen James and Jonathan Leather. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Nathan, Geoffrey S. 1999. ?What Functionalists Can Learn from Formalists in Phonology.? In Proceedings of the Symposium on Formalism and Functionalism. Amsterdam:

LL Issue: 15.1960
Date Posted: 25-Jun-2004
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