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Evolutionary Phonology

Evolutionary Phonology
The Emergence of Sound Patterns

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  • Date Published: September 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521804288

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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 sound patterns and sound change in human language over the past 7000-8000 years. She 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. A formal model of sound change is presented that integrates phonetic variation and patterns of misperception to account for attested sound systems, without reference to markedness or naturalness within the synchronic grammar.

    • Redefines the field of modern phonology
    • Successfully integrates 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
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    • Date Published: September 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521804288
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    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
    References
    Language index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Juliette Blevins, University of California, Berkeley
    Juliette Blevins was formerly Visiting Professor at the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, and joined the Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, in Fall 2004.

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