LINGUIST List 13.1594

Tue Jun 4 2002

Books: The Phonology of Romanian, Ioana Chitoran

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  1. Julia Ulrich, The Phonology of Romanian: A Constraint-Based Approach by Ioana Chitoran

Message 1: The Phonology of Romanian: A Constraint-Based Approach by Ioana Chitoran

Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2002 17:31:39 +0200
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: The Phonology of Romanian: A Constraint-Based Approach by Ioana Chitoran

>From the series
Studies in Generative Grammar
Series Editors: Harry van der Hulst, Jan Koster, Henk van Riemsdijk

Ioana Chitoran


2001. 23 x 15,5 cm. xiii, 269 pages. Cloth.
Euro 84.00 / sFr 134,- / approx. US$ 84.00
ISBN 3-11-016766-2


The Phonology of Romanian offers the first systematic descriptive
analysis of the phonological system of Romanian, one of the less well
studied Romance languages. The author proposes an account of some of the
major phonological processes of modern standard Romanian, set in the
framework of Optimality Theory and Correspondence Theory.

Although the historical development of Romanian from Latin has been
thoroughly studied by both Romanian and foreign linguists, accounts of
the synchronic phonology of the language are harder to come by. The
present book provides an overview of Romanian phonology: segment
inventory, phonotactics, inflectional and derivational morphology. The
main part of the study focuses on processes involving vocalic segments,
which form the thread of the entire phonology of the language. These
processes include glide-vowel and diphthong-vowel alternations, vowel
harmony, palatalization. Acoustic phonetic data is used as supporting
evidence for the phonological patterning of diphthongs and glide-vowel

The major theoretical issues addressed include: feature theory, syllable
structure, metrical structure and stress, the interaction between
phonology and morphology. Interesting complexities of the system are
pointed out and discussed, as they pose certain challenges to the
theoretical model. The book contains a large amount of systematically
organized data, which makes it a solid reference for students and
scholars of general and Romance phonology, and a strong basis for
further study.

>From the Contents


Overview of Romanian phonology and morphology

The stress system

Hiatus resolution

High Vowel - glide alternations

Post-consonantal glides and palatalization

The dipthongs ea, oa and mid-low vowel alternations

Conclusions and issues for further research

For more information please contact the publisher:

Mouton de Gruyter
Genthiner Str. 13
10785 Berlin, Germany
Fax: +49 30 26005 222

Please visit our website for other publications by Mouton de Gruyter

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