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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Word Phonology of Welsh Add Dissertation
Author: Clive Grey Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Cambridge, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 1982
Linguistic Subfield(s): Phonology;
Subject Language(s): Welsh
Director(s): Francis Nolan
Alan Thomas

Abstract: The thesis is concerned with the phonological constraints that have the
word as their domain. It discusses the role of syllable structure and
stress in Welsh in determining the operation of phonological processes that
effect these constraints. A generative phonological framework is adopted
for the description.

There are two parts to the thesis, the first, Chapter 1, dealing with
problems of transcription and theoretical issues relevant to the discussion
of the Welsh data, the second and major part, with the formulation and
interaction of the various types of phonological processes observed.

In chapter 2, an analysis is presented of why certain words form
derivatives by selecting suffixes with initial /j/ while other words select
suffixes, otherwise identical in form, without the initial glide. Several
solutions to the problem are examined, and an underlying distinction
between stems terminating in a glide at the underlying level and those not
is posited as most appropriately accounting for the data. The ramifications
of this analysis are explored and rules presented to delete stem-terminal
/j/ in a series of environments prior to surface representation being reached.

In chapter 3 more precise formulations of rules formalising these processes
are presented, as are certain mophological operations. An attempt is made
to formalise morphotactic constraints in accordance with the claim that the
linguistically naive speaker of Welsh is aware of permissible and
impermissible combinations of morphemes, as well as of sounds.

The nature of Welsh within the Welsh word is examined in chapter 4, and in
particular its role in governing the operation of various phototactically
motivated phonological processes.

A short concluding section is followed by a bibliography.