LINGUIST List 16.3599

Sun Dec 18 2005

Books: Phonology/Morphology, English: Giegerich

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        1.    Joyce Reid, Lexical Strata in English: Giegerich

Message 1: Lexical Strata in English: Giegerich
Date: 15-Dec-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Lexical Strata in English: Giegerich

Title: Lexical Strata in English
Subtitle: Morphological Causes, Phonological Effects
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 89
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Heinz Giegerich
Paperback: ISBN: 052102353X Pages: Price: U.K. £ 27.00
Paperback: ISBN: 052102353X Pages: Price: U.S. $ 48.00

In Lexical Strata in English, Heinz Giegerich investigates the way in which
alternations in the sound patterns of words interact with the morphological
processes of the language. Drawing examples from English and German, he
uncovers and spells out in detail the principles of 'lexical morphology and
phonology', a theory that has in recent years become increasingly
influential in linguistics. Giegerich queries many of the assumptions made
in that theory, overturning some and putting others on a principled
footing. What emerges is a new, formally coherent and highly constrained
theory of the lexicon - the theory of 'base-driven' stratification - which
predicts the number of lexical strata from the number of base-category
distinctions recognized in the morphology of the language. Finally, he
offers new accounts of some central phenomena in the phonology of English
(including vowel 'reduction', [r]-sandhi and syllabification), which both
support and are uniquely facilitated by this new theory.

1. A requiem for lexical phonology?
2. Affix-driven stratification: the grand illusion
3. Principles of base-driven stratification
4. Deriving the strict cyclicity effect
5. Phonology and the literate speaker: orthography in lexical phonology
6. [r]-sandhi and liaison in RP
7. Input vowels to [r]-sandhi: RP and London English
8. Syllables and strata

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            German, Standard (deu)

Written In: English (eng )

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