Syllable Weight

Phonetics, Phonology, Typology

Author: Matthew Gordon

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 224

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The book is the first systematic exploration of a series of phonological phenomena previously thought to be unified under the rubric of syllable weight. Drawing on a typological survey of 400 languages, it is shown that the traditional conception that languages are internally consistent in their weight criteria across weight-based processes is not corroborated by the cross-linguistic survey. Rather than being consistent across phenomena within individual languages, weight turns out to be sensitive to the particular processes involved such that different phenomena display different distributions in weight criteria. The book goes on to explore the motivations behind the process-specific nature of weight, showing that phonetic factors explain much of the variation in weight criteria between phenomena and also the variation in criteria between languages for a single process. The book is unlike other studies in combining an extensive typological survey with detailed phonetic analysis of many languages. The finding that the widely studied phenomenon of syllable weight is not a unified phenomenon, contrary to the established view, is a significant result for the field of theoretical phonology. The book is also an important contribution to the field of phonetically-driven phonology, since it establishes a close link between the phonology of weight and various quantitative phonetic parameters.

Mamaindé Stress

The Need for Strata

Author: David Eberhard

Publisher: Summer Inst of Linguistics


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 159

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Analyzes the stress, phonology, aand morphology system of Mamainde. Uses metrical and lexical phonology.The Mamainde, a language of Brazil is also known as Northern Nambikuara.

Master's Theses Directories




Category: Dissertations, Academic


View: 688

"Education, arts and social sciences, natural and technical sciences in the United States and Canada".

A Survey of Word Accentual Patterns in the Languages of the World

Author: Harry van der Hulst

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 882

View: 742

This volume contains a wealth of information on the word accentual (metrical, stress) phenomena that we encounter in natural languages. Two types of information will be supplied: language profiles in 'tabular form' and survey articles. Of the total of 10 chapters in Part I, 3 are general in nature, while the other 7 describe and analyze word accentual systems in all continents. The volume's point of departure is a database called StressTyp. StressTyp developed into a database on word prosodic systems of the languages of the world. The over 500 languages, representing a wide geographical distribution, taken from the StressTyp database will be represented in this volume. For all these languages, information regarding identity, sources and stress location(s) will be included, accompanied by some examples in nearly all cases. These language data packages will be organized by language family. This information constitutes Part II of the volume.

The Phonetics and Phonology of Laryngeal Features in Native American Languages

Author: Heriberto Avelino

Publisher: BRILL


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 334

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This book presents insights into laryngeal features. Taking diverse theoretical perspectives, it investigates properties such as tone, non-modal phonation, non-pulmonic production mechanisms, stress, and prosody in several indigenous languages of the Americas.