Evolutionary Phonology: The Emergence of Sound Patterns

By: Juliette Blevins

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Evolutionary Phonology is a new theory of sound patterns which synthesizes results in historical linguistics, phonetics, and phonological theory. In this groundbreaking book, Juliette Blevins explores the nature of sounds patterns and sound change in human language over the past 7000–8000 years, the time depth for which the comparative method is reasonably reliable. This book presents a new approach to the problem of how genetically unrelated languages, from families as far apart as Native American, Australian Aboriginal, Austronesian, and Indo-European, can often show similar sound patterns, and also tackles the converse problem of why there are notable exceptions to most of the patterns that are often regarded as universal tendencies or constraints. It argues that in both cases, a formal model of sound change that integrates phonetic variation and patterns of misperception can account for attested sound systems without reference to markedness or naturalness within the synchronic grammar. • Redefines the field of modern phonology • The first book to successfully integrate neogrammarian discoveries with findings in modern phonetics and phonology. • The author is well known in the US, Australia and the UK and has worked on numerous languages and language families around the world Contents Part I. Preliminaries: 1. What is evolutionary phonology? 2. Evolution in language and elsewhere; 3. Explanation in phonology: a brief history of ideas; Part II. Sound Patterns: 4. Laryngeal features; 5. Place features; 6. Other common sound patterns; 7. The evolution of geminates; 8. Some uncommon sound patterns; Part III. Implications: 9. Synchronic phonology; 10. Diachronic phonology; 11. Beyond phonology. Printed Pages: 386.

Title: Evolutionary Phonology: The Emergence of Sound Patterns

Author Name: Juliette Blevins

Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2004

ISBN: 0521804280

ISBN 13: 9780521804288

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 012772

Keywords: Phonology Linguistics