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Books: Theoretical issues in Modern Hebrew phonology: Pariente

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Date: 12-Nov-2021
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Subject: Theoretical issues in Modern Hebrew phonology: Pariente
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Title: Theoretical issues in Modern Hebrew phonology
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2021
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

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Author: Itsik Pariente
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460933844 Pages: 158 Price: Europe EURO 29

This dissertation is a collection of four papers that deal with several issues in the phonology of Modern Hebrew (MH). The first two papers, which form chapters 2 and 3, deal with the effects of the pharyngeal consonants in MH. MH consists of only two dialects: General Modern Hebrew (GMH), which is the standard dialect (also known as “Modern Koiné” (Yaeger-Dror 1988)), and Sephardic Modern Hebrew (SMH) (also known as “Mizrahi Hebrew” (Yaeger-Dror 1988) or “Oriental Hebrew” (Blanc 1968)). The two dialects differ only in their consonant inventories; SMH has retained the historical pharyngeal consonants (IPA: ћ and ʕ), while GMH has collapsed them with non-pharyngeals (ћ → x and ʕ → ʔ/a/Ø). Chapter 2 deals with non-lexical vowels that are triggered by the pharyngeal consonant, while chapter 3 deals with the effects of the pharyngeal consonant on adjacent vowels. Chapter 4 deals with the synchronic influence of historical pharyngeals in GMH. In this chapter it is argued that in GMH, historical ʕ emerges as a low vowel [a] and ћ as [ax]. The fifth chapter deals with stress syncope and epenthesis in MH. A full analysis of stress and syncope is given, followed by a description of cases in which syncope creates an illicit three-consonant cluster that is broken by epenthesis: tixtóv-i → tixteví. It is argued that this seemingly serial interaction between phonological processes can be adequately analyzed within a parallel model of phonology, i.e. the non-derivational version of Optimality Theory.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Subject Language(s): Hebrew (heb)

Written In: English (eng)

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