Kimary N. Shahin | University of British Columbia
This book examines the formal bases of postvelar harmony and its crosslinguistic variation. It is of interest especially to phonologists concerned with segmental harmony and its explanation within Optimality Theory. Postvelar harmony in two unrelated languages, Palestinian Arabic and St'át'imcets Salish, is examined in detail. The result is the first comprehensive clarification of postvelar phonology for either language. Two harmonies are distinguished: uvularisation harmony ('emphasis spread') and pharyngealisation (tongue-root-retraction) harmony. The distinction between these two in the Arabic and the Salish is supported by much instrumental phonetics data. The complex harmony properties are explained as the result of systematic interaction between Correspondence, Alignment and Grounded constraints. In the course of the investigation, the segmental inventories of both languages are clarified, and a careful understanding of the distinction between phonology and phonetics, and the use of phonetics in phonology, is applied.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 225] 2002. viii, 344 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | p. v
Table of Contents
1. Introduction | pp. 1–53
2. Postvelar Harmony in Palestinian Arabic | pp. 54–170
3. Postvelar Harmony in St'át'imcets Salish | pp. 171–280
4. Conclusion | pp. 281–284
I. Abbreviations | pp. 304–305
II. Palestinian Carrier Forms for Vowel Tokens | pp. 306–318
III. Salish Language Classification | pp. 319–320
IV. St'át'imcets Carrier Forms for Vowel Tokens | pp. 321–327
V. St'át'imcets Word List | pp. 328–337
Name Index | pp. 338–340
Other Language/Language Family Index | pp. 341–342
Subject Index | pp. 343–344
“[...] exciting new language data and fresh insights into the mechanism of postvelar harmony and the typology of assimilation in general.”
Alexei Kochetov, Simon Fraser University on Linguist List 14-425
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