Coarticulation and Sound Change in Romance

Daniel Recasens | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
ISBN 9789027248480 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027270382 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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This volume should be of great interest to phoneticians, phonologists, and both historical and cognitive linguists. Using data from the Romance languages for the most part, the book explores the phonetic motivation of several sound changes, e.g., glide insertions and elisions, vowel and consonant insertions, elisions, assimilations and dissimilations. Within the framework of the DAC (degree of articulatory constraint) model of coarticulation, it clearly demonstrates that the typology and direction of these sound changes may very largely be accounted for by the coarticulatory effects occurring between adjacent or neighbouring phonetic segments, and by the degrees of articulatory constraint imposed by speakers on the production of vowels and consonants. The phonetically-based explanations presented here are formulated on the basis of coarticulation data from speech production and perception research carried out during the last fifty years and are complemented with data on the co-occurrence of phonetic segments in lexical forms of the languages being considered. Attention is also paid to the role that positional and prosodic factors play in sound change implementation, as well as to the cognitive and peripheral strategies involved in segmental replacements, elisions and insertions.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 329] 2014.  xi, 207 pp.
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“[A]n innovative and unique contribution to the field of historical Romance phonetics/phonology. [...] Recasens has done anyone researching phonetics/phonolgy and/or historical linguistics a great service by authoring this book.”
“Au total, le volume représente une contribution utile à notre discipline en insistant sur l’importance de revenir aux détails de la parole pour mieux comprendre les origines des changements phonétiques. Les informations expérimentales que l’auteur présente et la façon dont elles sont exploitées ouvriront de nouvelles perspectives pour le chercheur en phonétique diachronique.”
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CFH: Phonetics, phonology

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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