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Tue Dec 08 2009

Books: Phonetics/Phonology/Socioling: Kügler, Féry, Vijver (Eds)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology: Kügler, Féry, Vijver (Eds)

Message 1: Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology: Kügler, Féry, Vijver (Eds)
Date: 07-Dec-2009
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology: Kügler, Féry, Vijver (Eds)
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Title: Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology Series Title: Phonology and Phonetics [PP] 14 Published: 2009 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Editor: Frank Kügler Editor: Caroline Féry Editor: Ruben van de Vijver Electronic: ISBN: 9783110219326 Pages: 430 Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110219319 Pages: 430 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

This book provides an overview of current issues in variation and gradiencein phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics. It contributes to the growinginterest in gradience and variation in theoretical phonology by combingresearch on the factors underlying variability and systematic quantitativeresults with theoretical phonological considerations. Variation is inherentto language, and one of the aims of phonological theory is to describe andexplain the mechanisms underlying variation at every level of phonologicalrepresentation. Variation below the segment concerns articulatory, acousticand perceptual cues that contribute to the formation of natural classes ofsounds. At the segmental level there are grammatical differences in theproduction and perception of contextual variation of segments and in thesyntagmatic constraints on the combination of segments. At thesuprasegmental level the mapping of tones to grammatical functions and viceversa is discussed. Further aspects addressed in this book are factorsoutside of language: Variation that arises as a result of a particulardialect or of belonging to a certain age group, or variation that is theconsequence of language change.

Gradience and variation have always been a central issue in phonetic andsociolinguistic research. Gradience introduces variation in phonology aswell. If a phonetic entity can be pronounced in different ways, dependingon the environment, prosodic factors or dialectal influences, this'gradience' may introduce 'variation', which we understand as a stablestate of grammar.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories                             Phonetics                             Phonology                             Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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