An Introduction to Element Theory by Phillip Backley

By Phillip Backley

A clean replacement for describing segmental constitution in phonology. This ebook invitations scholars of linguistics to problem and re-evaluate their present assumptions concerning the type of phonological representations and where of phonology in generative grammar. It does this via supplying a finished advent to aspect Theory.Traditional gains are in a position to describing segments and segmental styles, yet they can be not able to provide an explanation for why these styles are the best way they're. by utilizing components to symbolize segmental constitution, we start to appreciate why languages express this kind of robust choice for sure forms of segments, contrasts, phonological procedures and sound changes.Using examples from quite a lot of languages, this booklet demonstrates the method of analysing phonological facts utilizing components, and provides readers the chance to match element-based and feature-based bills of a similar phonological styles. Backley additionally demanding situations conventional perspectives via his leading edge research of English susceptible vowels and diphthongs and his unified therapy of linking r and intrusive r as drift formation methods. supplying an intensive creation to the most themes in segmental phonology, this is often an exceptional assessment for either scholars with a history in normal phonology in addition to if you are new to the sector.

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An Introduction to Element Theory

A clean substitute for describing segmental constitution in phonology. This e-book invitations scholars of linguistics to problem and re-evaluate their present assumptions concerning the type of phonological representations and where of phonology in generative grammar. It does this by way of delivering a accomplished advent to point thought.

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Burton-Roberts, P. Carr and G. Docherty (eds), Phonological Knowledge: Conceptual and Empirical Issues, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 185–205. Jakobson, Roman and Morris Halle (1956), Fundamentals of Language, The Hague: Mouton. Kaye, Jonathan M. (1989), Phonology: A Cognitive View, Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Liberman, Alvin M. and Ignatius G. Mattingly (1985), ‘The motor theory of speech perception revised’, Cognition 21, 1–36. Nasukawa, Kuniya and Phillip Backley (2008), ‘Affrication as a performance device’, Phonological Studies 11, 35–46.

Dispersion Theory offers an alternative explanation for the universal appearance of corner vowels. It claims that languages prefer [] because these vowels are maximally dispersed – they occupy the most extreme points in the acoustic vowel space by virtue of having maximally distinct acoustic properties. This sounds reasonable, given that the purpose of speech is to communicate linguistic information. We can expect languages to have evolved in a way that makes the communication process as efficient as possible, and one way of doing this is to favour sounds that are easily perceived, such as [].

Looking beyond English, we find more evidence for the structures |I A| and |U A| in languages as diverse as Japanese and Maga Rukai. In Japanese there are two processes of monophthongisation, one historical and the other synchronic. Towards the end of the Middle Japanese period, [] was reinterpreted as [] in Sino-Japanese words, as shown in (13). This process operated along the lines of (10b). (13) [] → [] [] → [] [] → [] ‘cherry tree’ ‘high’, ‘fidelity’ ‘capital’, ‘home town’ Meanwhile, in Modern Japanese the reinterpretation process represented by (10a) has become a feature of casual speech, in which [] is monophthongised to [].

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