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Simultaneous Structure in Phonology

D. Robert Ladd


The chapters of this book are free-standing but closely linked pieces on the shortcomings of one-dimensional idealizations of language. Theories of both phonology and syntax rely heavily on the assumption that the objects they are modelling are formally strings of elements. Many well-known linguistic phenomena make problems for this assumption (e.g. vowel harmony, ablaut morphology, pitch features both tonal and intonational), and many attempts have been made to incorporate these troublesome characteristics into our models (e.g. autosegmental phonology), but much theoretical effort in linguist ... More

Keywords: phonology, phonetics, duality of patterning, distinctive features, prosody, paralinguistics, autosegmental

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199670970
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Robert Ladd, author
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

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