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- DescriptionAt the heart of generative phology lies the assumption that the sounds of every language have abstract underlying representations, which undergo various changes in order to generate the 'surface' representations; that is, the sounds we actually prounce. The existence, status and form of underlying representations have been hotly debated in phological research since the introduction of the phoneme in the nineteenth century. This book provides a comprehensive overview of theories of the mental representation of the sounds of language. How does the mind store and process phological representations? Kramer surveys the development of the concept of underlying representation over the last 100 years or so within the field of generative phology. He considers phological patterns, psycholinguistic experiments, statistical generalisations over data corpora and phemena such as hypercorrection. The book offers a new understanding of contrastive features and proposes a modification of the optimality-theoretic approach to the generation of underlying representations.
- Author BiographyMartin Kramer is Associate Professor in Linguistics in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Tromso.
- Author(s)Martin Kramer
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication16/08/2012
- Series TitleKey Topics in Phonology
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note30 b/w illus.
- Weight500 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine17 mm
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