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|Publication Year:||2010||Title:||Locality in Vowel Harmony|
|Vowel harmony results from a set of restrictions that determine the possible and impossible sequences of vowels within a word. The study of syntax begins with the observation that the words of a sentence cant go in just any order, and the study of phology begins with the same observation for the consonants and vowels of a word. In this book, Andrew Nevins investigates long-distance relations between vowels in vowel harmony systems across a range of languages, with the aim of demonstrating that the locality conditions that regulate these relations can be attributed to the same principle that regulates long-distance syntactic dependencies. He argues that vowel harmony represents a manifestation of the Agree algorithm for feature-valuation (formulated by Chomsky in 2000), as part of an overarching effort to show that phology can be described in terms of the principles of the Minimalist program. Nevins demonstrates that the principle of target-driven search, the phemen of defective intervention, and the principles regulating the size of the domain over which dependencies are computed apply to both phological and syntactic phemena. Locality in Vowel Harmony offers phologists new evidence that viewing vowel harmony through the lens of relativized minimality has the potential to unify different levels of linguistic representation and different domains of empirical inquiry in a unified framework. Moreover, Nevins's specific implementation of the locality of dependencies represents a major advance in understanding constraints on possible harmonic languages.An online tool on the MIT Press Web site demonstrates the algorithm for calculating vowel harmony with the derivations exemplified in the book.|
|Publisher||MIT Press Ltd|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||95275365|
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|Place of Publication||Cambridge, Mass.|
|Series Title||Linguistic Inquiry Monographs|
|Interest Age||From 18|
|Content Note||9 B&W Illus.|
|Format Details||Trade Paperback (US)|
|Author Biography||Andrew Nevins Is Associate Professor of Linguistics AT Harvard University.|
|Country of Publication||United States|
|Date of Publication||04/06/2010|
|Series Part/Volume Number||55|
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