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Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics : Tone - Moira Yip

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics


By: Moira Yip


Published: 30th September 2002
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The sounds of language can be divided into consonants, vowels, and tones - the use of pitch to convey word meaning. Seventy percent of the world's languages use pitch in this way. Assuming little or no prior knowledge of the topic, this textbook provides a clearly organized introduction to tone and tonal phonology. Comprehensive in scope, it examines the main types of tonal systems found in Africa, the Americas, and Asia, using examples from the widest possible range of tone languages. It provides students with a basic grasp of the simple phonetics of tone, and covers key topics such as the distinctive feature systems suitable for tonal contrasts, allophonic and morphophonological tonal alterations, and how to analyze them within Optimality Theory. The book also examines the perception and acquisition of tone, as well as the interface between tonal phonology and the morphosyntax.

'... a clearly written introduction to tone that manages to address both needs ... it explains the basics of the field in such a way that it is accessible to beginning students who have just had the rudiments of phonetics and phonology. But is is precise and scholarly enough that is serves also as an excellent review of the tone literature for practising linguists ... even those who specialize in the study of tone will find themselves learning ...'. Journal of Linguistics '... a welcome addition to the line-up of the Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics ... a gem of a textbook ...'. Journal of Phonology

Contrastive tone
Tonal features
The autosegmental nature of tone, and its analysis in Optimality Theory
Tone in morphology and in syntax
African languages
Asian and Pacific languages
The Americas
Tone, stress, accent and intonation
Perception and acquisition of tone
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ISBN: 9780521773140
ISBN-10: 0521773148
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 30th September 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.72