LINGUIST List 16.1434

Thu May 05 2005

Books: Historical Ling/Ling Theories/Phonology: Blevins

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        1.    Joyce Reid, Evolutionary Phonology: Blevins

Message 1: Evolutionary Phonology: Blevins
Date: 04-May-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Evolutionary Phonology: Blevins

Title: Evolutionary Phonology
Subtitle: The Emergence of Sound Patterns
Series Title: CS
Published: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL:

Author: Juliette Blevins, Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Hardback: ISBN: 0521804280 Pages: 386 Price: U.S. $ 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 0521804280 Pages: 386 Price: U.K. £ 55.00

Evolutionary Phonology is a new theory of sound patterns which synthesizes
results in historical linguistics, phonetics, and phonological theory. In
this groundbreaking book, Juliette Blevins explores the nature of sounds
patterns and sound change in human language over the past 7000-8000 years,
the time depth for which the comparative method is reasonably reliable.
This book presents a new approach to the problem of how genetically
unrelated languages, from families as far apart as Native American,
Australian Aboriginal, Austronesian, and Indo-European, can often show
similar sound patterns, and also tackles the converse problem of why there
are notable exceptions to most of the patterns that are often regarded as
universal tendencies or constraints. It argues that in both cases, a formal
model of sound change that integrates phonetic variation and patterns of
misperception can account for attested sound systems without reference to
markedness or naturalness within the synchronic grammar.

Part I. Preliminaries:
1. What is evolutionary phonology?
2. Evolution in language and elsewhere
3. Explanation in phonology: a brief history of ideas

Part II. Sound Patterns:
4. Laryngeal features
5. Place features
6. Other common sound patterns
7. The evolution of geminates
8. Some uncommon sound patterns

Part III. Implications:
9. Synchronic phonology
10. Diachronic phonology
11. Beyond phonology

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (ENG )

See this book announcement on our website:

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