LINGUIST List 31.1725

Thu May 21 2020

Books: Phonological Tone: Wee

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Date: 21-May-2020
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Subject: Phonological Tone: Wee
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Title: Phonological Tone
Series Title: Key Topics in Phonology
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Lian-Hee Wee
Electronic: ISBN: 9781107125728 Pages: 342 Price: U.S. $ 96.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107125728 Pages: 342 Price: U.S. $ 120.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107125728 Pages: 342 Price: U.K. £ 85.00

From the physiology and acoustics to their patterning across human languages, tone is one of the fundamental constructs in human languages that is also among the hardest to apprehend. Drawing upon a large number of languages around the world, this volume explores the concept of tone starting from its physical properties of articulation and acoustics to its manifestation in phonology. Designed as a comprehensive study accessible to the novice and useful for the expert, each chapter covers a particular aspect of tone in increasing depth and complexity, weaving together key concepts and theories that provide complementing or competing accounts of tone's phonological intricacies. In the process, one uncovers the underlying laws and principles that inform today's understanding of the subject to form a more synthesized view that also allows us to explore the relation of tone to other important areas of humanity such as literature, history, music and cognition.

1. Tone basics
2. Autosegmentality and associations
3. Discovery of tone and sub-tonal entities
4. Tone sandhi I: phonetic or phonological
5. Tone sandhi II: phonological analyses
6. Interaction: segments to prosody
7. Cognitive aspects of tone.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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