LINGUIST List 27.1961

Fri Apr 29 2016

Books: Tone and Inflection: Palancar, Léonard (eds.)

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>


Date: 19-Apr-2016
From: Linda McGrath <linda.mcgrathdegruyter.com>
Subject: Tone and Inflection: Palancar, Léonard (eds.)
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Title: Tone and Inflection
Subtitle: New Facts and New Perspectives
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM]
Published: 2016
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/465397?rskey=KdM76n

Editor: Enrique L. Palancar
Editor: Jean-Léo Léonard
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110450361 Pages: 342 Price: Europe EURO 119.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110450026 Pages: 342 Price: Europe EURO 119.95
Abstract:

Tone is about melody and meaning, inflection is about grammar, and this book is about a bit of both. The contributions to this volume study possible and sometimes complex ways in which the tones of a language engage in the expression of grammatical categories. There is a widespread conception that tone is a lexical phenomenon only. This is partly a consequence of the main interest in tone coming from phonology, while the main interest in inflection has stemmed from segmental morphology. Similarly, textbooks on inflection and textbooks on tone give very few examples of the inflectional use of tone, and such examples are often the same ones or too similar.

This volume aims to broaden our understanding of the link between tone and inflection by showing that there is more to tone than meets the eye. The book includes general chapters as well as case studies on lesser known languages of Asia, Africa and Papua New Guinea, with a special focus on the Oto-Manguean languages, a large and diverse linguistic stock of Mexico that inspired Kenneth Pike’s 1948 seminal work on tone. Most of the contributions to this volume provide first-hand data from recent fieldwork that stems from important language documentation activities.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                            Morphology
                            Phonology
Language Family(ies): Oto-Manguean/Otomanguean

Written In: English (eng)

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