Whose German?

The ach/ich alternation and related phenomena in ‘standard’ and ‘colloquial’

| Stanford University
ISBN 9789027237156 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781588110077 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027299529 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The author addresses a number of issues in German and general phonology, using a specific problem in German phonology (the ach/ich alternation) as a springboard. These issues include especially the naturalness, or lack thereof, of the prescriptive standard in German, and the importance of colloquial pronunciations, as well as historical and dialect evidence, for phonological analyses of the “standard” language. Other important topics include the phonetic and phonological status of German /r/, the phonetic and phonological representation of palatals, the status of loanwords in phonological description, and, especially as regards the latter, the usefulness of Optimality Theory in capturing phonological facts.

The book addresses itself to scholars from the fields of German and Germanic linguistics, as well as those concerned more generally with theoretical phonology (whether Lexical or Optimal). It may even appeal to the orthoëpists and lexicographers of modern German.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 208]  2001.  xii, 178 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What is Standard German
Chapter 2 The ach/ich alternation: The bare facts
Chapter 3 Survey of the literature
Chapter 4 Non-automatic [ç]
Chapter 5 Consonantal environments for [ç]
Chapter 6 More data from regional German
Chapter 7 A Lexical Phonological reanalysis of the ach/ich rule
Chapter 8 An analysis within Optimality Theory
Chapter 9 Concluding remarks
Name Index
Subject Index
“[...] a skillful blend of descriptive thoroughness of a modern language with all its varaitions and a discerning and critical use of phonological theory.

[...] nowhere will find a more exhaustive historical overview of the various positions taken since 1929 [...]

“[...] eine souveräne Übersicht über die Forschungsgeschichte zu dieser Frage. das thematisierte phonologische Spezialproblem wird mit Hilfe der ganzen Palette (mor)phonologischer Beschreibungsformate und Lösungsmodelle [...] durchgearbeitet und abgearbeitet.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00064207 | Marc record