The Initiation of Sound Change

Perception, production, and social factors

Maria-Josep Solé | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Daniel Recasens | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Institut d'Estudis Catalans
ISBN 9789027248411 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027273666 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The origins of sound change is one of the oldest and most challenging questions in the study of language. The goal of this volume is to examine current approaches to sound change from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including articulatory variation and modeling, speech perception mechanisms and neurobiological processes, geographical and social variation, and diachronic phonology. This diversity of perspectives contributes to a fruitful cross-fertilization across disciplines and represents an attempt to formulate converging ideas on the factors that lead to sound change. This book is addressed to scholars in historical linguistics, linguistic typology, and phonology as well as to researchers in speech production and perception, cognition and modeling. Given the theoretical and methodological interest of the contributions as well as the novel instrumental techniques applied to the study of sound change, this volume will interest professionals teaching language typology, laboratory phonology, sound change, phonetics and phonological theory at the graduate level.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 323] 2012.  x, 250 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The study of sound change has a venerable history, dating from the first half of the 19th century, and can be said to have put linguistics on a solid footing as a scientific enterprise. Yet many controversies have remained over the years, making this area still one of the liveliest domains of investigation in historical linguistics and in phonology and phonetics more generally. The present volume adds to the discussion in important and meaningful ways with papers by significant thinkers who insightfully tie the phonetic, the phonological, and the diachronic together, yielding impressive results that draw on the latest theoretical, typological, historical, and experimental approaches”
“Sound change is one of the most recalcitrant puzzles in the study of language and has attracted the attention of researchers from many different perspectives. This volume contains an impressive selection of high quality research by leading scholars on sound change. It is a must-have for all students of sound change, phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and historical linguistics.”
“[T]he contributions put forward powerful arguments, almost all of which are backed by innovative empirical studies. The significance of these arguments shines through due to the care the authors take to situate their work within the relevant broader scholarship. [...] As a result of these efforts, the contributions speak to specialists within the particular subfields as well as to linguists working in other areas.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFH: Phonetics, phonology

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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