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Topics in Phonological Theory - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124051508, 9781483277578

Topics in Phonological Theory

1st Edition

Authors: Michael Kenstowicz Charles Kisseberth
eBook ISBN: 9781483277578
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th April 1977
Page Count: 254
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Topics in Phonological Theory is a six-chapter text that provides an explication of some of the most important problems in phonological theory, with a few, necessarily tentative, solutions.

The first chapter deals with the problem of abstractness in terms of a series of successively weaker constraints that might be placed on the relationship between the underlying and phonetic representations of a morpheme. The second chapter begins with a discussion of the various ways in which the phonetic basis of a rule may be lost in the course of historical change, which lays the groundwork for a lengthy survey of the types of grammatical and lexical conditions that may control the application of a phonological rule. The third chapter describes the constraints and conditions on phonological representations, particularly the domain of these constraints, the level at which they hold, and their duplication of phonological rules. The fourth chapter examines the problem of natural rule interactions, focusing on Kiparsky’s theories of maximal utilization and opacity-transparency and their deficiencies. The fifth chapter deals with Chomsky and Halle’s simultaneous application principle as well as with more recent proposals The sixth chapter compares the relative merits of global rules versus rule ordering for the description of opaque rule interactions.

This book is intended primarily for linguistics.

Table of Contents


1 The Problem of the Abstractness of Underlying Representations

2 The Nonphonetic Basis of Phonology

1.0 The Subversion of the Phonetic Basis of Phonological Alternations

1.1 Telescoping

1.2 Inversion

1.3 Paradigm Regularization

1.4 Grammaticalization

2.0 Grammatical Information in Phonological Rules

2.1 Grammatical Categories

2.2 Boundaries

2.3 Remote Syntactic Information in Phonology

3.0 Lexical Information in Phonology

3.1 Lexical Exceptions

3.2 Major Versus Minor Rules

3 Constraints on Phonological Representations

1 The Duplication Problem

2 The Domain Problem

3 The Level Problem

4 Condition or Rule?

4 Natural Rule Interactions

5 The Multiple Application Problem

6 The Role of Derivational History in Phonology


Language Index

Subject Index


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28th April 1977
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About the Authors

Michael Kenstowicz

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Illinois, Urbana, U.S.A.

Charles Kisseberth

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Illinois, Urbana, U.S.A.

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