Postvelar Harmony

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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
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
v
Table of Contents
vi–viii
1. Introduction
1–53
2. Postvelar Harmony in Palestinian Arabic
54–170
3. Postvelar Harmony in St'át'imcets Salish
171–280
4. Conclusion
281–284
References
285–303
I. Abbreviations
304–305
II. Palestinian Carrier Forms for Vowel Tokens
306–318
III. Salish Language Classification
319–320
IV. St'át'imcets Carrier Forms for Vowel Tokens
321–327
V. St'át'imcets Word List
328–337
Name Index
338–340
Other Language/Language Family Index
341–342
Subject Index
343–344
“[...] exciting new language data and fresh insights into the mechanism of postvelar harmony and the typology of assimilation in general.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2002036842