LINGUIST List 23.773

Wed Feb 15 2012

Books: Phonetics/Phonology: Labrune

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Date: 15-Feb-2012
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Subject: The Phonology of Japanese: Labrune
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Title: The Phonology of Japanese Series Title: The Phonology of the World's Languages Published: 2012 Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Laurence Labrune Hardback: ISBN: 9780199545834 Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 70.00

This book provides the fullest account of Japanese phonology everpublished. At the same time it makes original contributions both to currentunderstanding of the Japanese sound system and to contemporaryphonological theory more generally.

After a consideration of the history of linguistic variation in Japanese, thebook focuses on modern standard Japanese and its major dialecticalvariations. Professor Labrune presents a critical overview of currentJapanese phonology and new analyses of the central features of Japanesephonology, including segment inventory, the phonology of voicing, the natureof moraic segments, the mora, the syllable, the foot and the upper prosodicunits, and accent. Drawing on her own extensive research and on publishedwork in and outside Japan Professor Labrune presents a synthesis of workwithin and outside Japan. In doing so she shows the great value as well assome of the limitations of approaches derived from Japanese traditionallinguistics and philology, work which has largely been ignored outside thecountry. Her balanced, clear presentation will appeal to phonologists and theiradvanced students throughout the world.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics                             Phonology
Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)
Written In: English (eng)

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