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Fri Dec 16 2005

Books: Phonology/Ling Theories: Coleman

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        1.    Joyce Reid, Phonological Representations: Coleman

Message 1: Phonological Representations: Coleman
Date: 15-Dec-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Phonological Representations: Coleman

Title: Phonological Representations
Subtitle: Their Names, Forms and Powers
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 85
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: John Coleman
Paperback: ISBN: 0521023505 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 29.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521023505 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 50.00

Rewriting rules, derivations and underlying representations is an enduring
characteristic of generative phonology. In this book, John Coleman argues
that this is unnecessary. The expressive resources of context-free
Unification grammars are sufficient to characterize phonological structures
and alternations. According to this view, all phonological forms and
constraints are partial descriptions of surface representations. This
framework, now called Declarative Phonology, is based on a detailed
examination of the formalisms of feature-theory, syllable theory and the
leading varieties of nonlinear phonology. Dr Coleman illustrates this with
two extensive analyses of the phonological structure of words in English
and Japanese. As Declarative Phonology is surface-based and highly
restrictive, it is consistent with cognitive psychology and amenable to
straightforward computational implementation.

Preface and acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. Segmental representations and their phonetic interpretation
3. Segmental and transformational phonology
4. Non-linear phonological representations in contemporary generative phonology
5. Phonological representations in declarative phonology
6. A declarative analysis of Japanese words
7. A declarative analysis of English words

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Japanese (jpn)

Written In: English (eng )

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