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Conditions on Phonological Government : Cambridge Studies in Linguistics - Monik Charette

Conditions on Phonological Government

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

Hardcover Published: 26th July 1991
ISBN: 9780521392464
Number Of Pages: 252

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This is the first extended study written within the framework of Government Phonology. Following the presentation of the main aspects of this theory, the process of vowel-zero alternations is addressed and analysed together with the idea that phonological processes are determined by principles of Universal Grammar along with parameters that distinguish languages. By using predominantly the alternation between schwa and zero in French, Monik Charette demonstrates that vowel-zero alternations are neither cases of insertion nor of deletion. Rather, they involve the interpretation of 'empty nuclei', i.e. nuclei with no segmental content, which must be licensed by proper government. It is when proper government fails to apply that a vowel is realized. Dr Charette also gives consideration to the constraints to which proper government is subject. She argues that these constraints result from phonological principles in conflict. This book represents a major development in the analysis of phonological processes. The extension of grammatical principles and parameters to phonological phenomena is well-argued, and will interest theoretical phonologists and specialists of French alike.

A theory of government in phonology
The -e-muet- in French
Earlier treatments of schwa
An analysis of schwa in terms of government
Licence to govern
Word-final empty nuclei
Compounds and phrases
The alternation between schwa/zero and [e]
Miscellaneous issues
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ISBN: 9780521392464
ISBN-10: 0521392462
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 26th July 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5