Spanish Phonology and Morphology
Experimental and quantitative perspectives
David Eddington | Brigham Young University
Unlike most monographs on Spanish phonology and morphology that approach these topics from a structuralist or generativist framework, this volume is written from a less traditional point of view. More specifically, it emphasizes quantitative evidence from sources such as usage-based studies, psycholinguistic experiments, corpus data, and computer simulations. Arguments are presented to demonstrate that these kinds of evidence are crucial for establishing theories of language that relate to the psychological mechanisms involved in producing and comprehending speech, in contrast to theories about abstract linguistic structure. A range of topics is covered including morphological parsing, nominalization, stress, syllable structure, diphthongization, gender, morphophonemic alternations, and epenthesis. An appendix is included that serves as a primer on quantitative linguistic research. It discusses how some of the cited experiments were carried out, provides an introduction to statistical analysis, and discusses tools that are available for conducting quantitative research on the Spanish language.
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics, 53] 2004. xvi, 198 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
1. The Psychological Status of Linguistic Analyses | pp. 1–19
2. The Role of Experiments in Linguistics | pp. 21–39
3. Testing Untested Notions | pp. 41–58
4. FrequencyN CountsV | pp. 59–70
5. Linguistic Processing is Exemplar-based | pp. 71–98
6. Diphthongs, Syllables, and Stress: Beyond Formalisms | pp. 99–124
7. Morphology in Word Recognition | pp. 125–140
8. Conclusions | pp. 141–143
Appendix. Experimental Design, Statistics, and Research Tools | pp. 145–160
Notes | pp. 161–164
Index | pp. 189–197
“This volume does a very thorough job of laying the philosophical and methodological groundwork for serious empirical testing of current theoretical models of Spanish phonology and morphology. It will be a very useful complement to advanced courses in linguistic theory and experimental approaches to phonology.”
John Lipski, Pennsylvania State University
“Eddington's book provides for Hispanic Linguistics a compelling invitation to explore the new experimental and modelling techniques that are transforming current thinking about language. It makes a wonderful guide to the new theory and method that will be useful to students as well as more advanced researchers.”
Joan Bybee, University of New Mexico
“This important contribution to Spanish phonology and morphology is likely to have a profound impact on the field.”
José Ignacio Hualde, in Language volume 83, number 2 (2007)
“This book is both a valuable contribution to the debate over the psychological reality of linguistic analyses, and a helpful resource for those who wish to explore what experimental and quantitative methodology can reveal about language structure and processing, pointing them to more extensive resources that may provide a solid foundation for experimental design and empirical investigation.”
Matthew T. Carlson, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Pennsylvania State University, USA, on Linguist List, Vol. 16.1457 (2005)
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