LINGUIST List 26.5669

Tue Dec 22 2015

Books: The Phonetics and Phonology of Laryngeal Features in Native American Languages: Avelino, Coler, Wetzels (eds.)

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Date: 16-Dec-2015
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Subject: The Phonetics and Phonology of Laryngeal Features in Native American Languages: Avelino, Coler, Wetzels (eds.)
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Title: The Phonetics and Phonology of Laryngeal Features in Native
American Languages
Series Title: Brill's Studies in the Indigenous Languages of the Americas
Published: 2015
Publisher: Brill

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Editor: Heriberto Avelino
Editor: Matt Coler
Editor: Leo Wetzels
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004303201 Pages: 334 Price: Europe EURO 162
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004303201 Pages: 334 Price: U.S. $ 210

This book presents unique insights into laryngeal features, one of the most intriguing topics of contemporary phonetics and phonology. It investigates in detail properties such as tone, non-modal phonation, non-pulmonic production mechanisms (as in ejectives or implosives), stress, and prosody.

What makes American indigenous languages special is that many of these properties co-exist in the phonologies of languages spoken on the continent.

Taking diverse theoretical perspectives, the contributions span a range of American languages, illustrating how the phonetics and phonology of laryngeal features provides insight into how potential articulatory and aero-acoustic conflicts are resolved, which contrastive laryngeal features can co-occur in a given language, which features pattern together in phonological processes and how they evolve over time.

This contribution provides the most recent research on laryngeal features with an array of studies to expand and enrich the fascinating field of phonetics and phonology of the languages of the Americas.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
Areal Regions: Native American

Written In: English (eng)

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