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The Phonology of Icelandic and Faroese

Kristján Árnason


The book presents a detailed comparative description of the phonological structure of Icelandic and Faroese and discusses problems in their analysis from a fairly broad theoretical perspective. The first part (Chapters 1–3) describes the historical relation between the languages and introduces some issues regarding their phonological analysis. Part II (Chapters 4–7) gives an overview of the segmental inventory of the two sound systems. Part III (Chapters 8–10) presents analyses of the syllable structure of the two languages and systemic relations between subsystems defined for different phonot ... More

Keywords: Icelandic phonology, Faroese phonology, lexical phonology, postlexical phonology, phonological change, sound shifts, diphthongs, diphthongization, polysystemic structure, syllabification, phonotactics, segmental characteristics, syllable structure, phonological prominence, rhythm and intonation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199229314
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristján Árnason, author
Professor of Icelandic Linguistics, University of Iceland