Charles Reiss

List of John Benjamins publications for which Charles Reiss plays a role.


Laxing and harmony in Quebec French (QF) high vowels shows dialectal, register and perhaps even lexical variation. A recent proposal to handle some of the data (Poliquin 2006) contains a radical innovation to phonological theory concerning long-distance segment interactions. We question the… read more
Halle’s (1959) argument against a distinction between morphophonemic and phonemic rules can be understood as an argument against the relevance of contrast to phonology. After adducing further arguments against a role for contrast, the paper provides a simple contrast-free analysis of the classic… read more
Matamoros, Camila and Charles Reiss 2016 Symbol taxonomy in biophonologyBiolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty, Di Sciullo, Anna Maria (ed.), pp. 41–54 | Article
We present phonological parallels to Gallistel & King’s (2009) discussion of symbols, variables and function in animal cognition in order to take up Poeppel’s (2012) challenge to cognitive scientists to formulate their models in general computational terms that can potentially be translated into… read more
Reiss, Charles 2012 Towards a bottom-up approach to phonological typologyTowards a Biolinguistic Understanding of Grammar: Essays on interfaces, Di Sciullo, Anna Maria (ed.), pp. 167–192 | Article
The set of combinatoric possibilities of even simple formal systems explodes quickly. Adopting (perhaps overly) simple assumptions about phonological representation and computation, we show that, with just a handful of featural primitives, the number of possible segments, the number of possible… read more
Isac, Daniela and Charles Reiss 2004 Romance and ‘Something Else’Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2002: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’, Groningen, 28–30 November 2002, Bok-Bennema, Reineke, Bart Hollebrandse, Brigitte Kampers-Manhe and Petra Sleeman (eds.), pp. 141 ff. | Article
Reiss, Charles 2003 Towards a theory of fundamental phonological relationsAsymmetry in Grammar: Volume 2: Morphology, phonology, acquisition, Di Sciullo, Anna Maria (ed.), pp. 215–238 | Article