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Cambridge Studies in Linguistics: Vowel Patterns in Language (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Linguistics: Vowel Patterns in Language (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 28/04/2011
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Linguists researching the sounds of languages do not just study lists of sounds but seek to discover generalizations about sound patterns by grouping them into categories. They study the common properties of each category and identify what distinguishes one category from another. Vowel patterns, for instance, are analysed and compared across languages to identify phonological similarities and differences. This account of vowel patterns in language brings a wealth of cross-linguistic material to the study of vowel systems and offers theoretical insights. Informed by research in speech perception and production, it addresses the fundamental question of how the relative prominence of word position influences vowel processes and distributions. The book combines a cross-linguistic focus with detailed case studies. Descriptions and analyses are provided for vowel patterns in over 25 languages from around the world, with particular emphasis on minor Romance languages and on the diachronic development of the German umlaut.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521513975
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... essential reading for all phonologists.' Joe Pater, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
'... the most thorough typological survey of prominence-based vowel patterns available ...' Laura J. Downing, ZAS Berlin
Endorsements: "...essential reading for all phonologists." Joe Pater, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
" ... the most thorough typological survey of prominence-based vowel patterns available ..." Laura J. Downing, ZAS, Berlin
"Walker's monograph is a significant contribution to our understanding of patterns involving vowels. The novel contribution is the idea that the same basic mechanism, prominence-based licensing, is involved in many vowel patterns. In terms of Optimality Theory, this monograph provides one of the best worked-out analyses of a single phenomenon across many languages. The detailed and software-verified factorial typology makes strong predictions about what kind of patterns are attested, predictions which are confirmed in the numerous case studies provided." Phonology

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