Postvelar Harmony

Kimary N. Shahin | University of British Columbia
ISBN 9789027247339 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781588112217 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027275325 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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This book examines the formal bases of postvelar harmony and its crosslinguistic variation. It is of interest especially to phonologists concerned with segmental harmony and its explanation within Optimality Theory. Postvelar harmony in two unrelated languages, Palestinian Arabic and St'át'imcets Salish, is examined in detail. The result is the first comprehensive clarification of postvelar phonology for either language. Two harmonies are distinguished: uvularisation harmony ('emphasis spread') and pharyngealisation (tongue-root-retraction) harmony. The distinction between these two in the Arabic and the Salish is supported by much instrumental phonetics data. The complex harmony properties are explained as the result of systematic interaction between Correspondence, Alignment and Grounded constraints. In the course of the investigation, the segmental inventories of both languages are clarified, and a careful understanding of the distinction between phonology and phonetics, and the use of phonetics in phonology, is applied.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 225] 2002.  viii, 344 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] exciting new language data and fresh insights into the mechanism of postvelar harmony and the typology of assimilation in general.”
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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