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Books: Phonology: Lee

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Message 1: Korean Phonology: Lee
Date: 06-Oct-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Korean Phonology: Lee

Title: Korean Phonology Subtitle: A Principle-based Approach Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 12 Published: 2006 Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Duck-Young Lee Paperback: ISBN: 3895862207 Pages: 250 Price: Europe EURO 69.10

This book presents an attempt to investigate major issues in Koreanphonology in terms of principles and elements, based on the framework ofGovernment Phonology. It begins with an introductory section, describingcentral aspects of the framework, which include recent development in thetheory with regard to the representation of ATR and coronals. An analysisof a wide range of data in Korean phonology is then provided. In dealingwith data involving vowels, the study first discusses vowel harmony, whichhas traditionally been treated as the result of the harmonic oppositionbetween 'light vowels' and 'dark vowels'. It address some unsolved problemsin previous analyses by proposing a phonological operation called 'A-headalignment'. This will be followed by an element-based analysis of vowelcoalescence and diphthongisation.

It will be shown that a phonological operation called 'Nuclear Fusion' andasymmetry in the spreading properties of the vocalic elements 'I' and 'U'in Korean have a crucial role in the analysis. The second half of the bookis devoted to discussions of issues involved in consonantal clusters, suchas tensification, lenition, nasalisation and vowel epenthesis, etc. Itoutlines the mechanisms as to under what conditions these phenomena takeplace and how each phenomenon is connected to each other. These mechanismswill be discussed in conjunction with the possibility that consonantalclusters may occur in two onsets that are separated by a nuclear positionwhich does not contain any phonetic realisation (i.e. an empty nucleus).The important point is that onsets surrounding an empty nucleus are in agoverning relation (i.e. interonset government) in Korean, and anintervening empty nucleus maintains its null status during derivation ifthe surrounding two onsets form the governing relation. Tensification andneutralisation are manifestations of interonset government, while thefailure of the government results in vowel epenthesis or nasalisation.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Korean (kor)
Written In: English (eng )

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