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Evolutionary Phonology

Evolutionary Phonology - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0511206757

Cover of Evolutionary Phonology 04 (ISBN 978-0511206757)
ISBN13: 978-0511206757
ISBN10: 0511206755
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2004
International: No

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Evolutionary Phonology - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0511206757

Juliette Blevins

ISBN13: 978-0511206757
ISBN10: 0511206755
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Evolutionary Phonology is a new theory of sound patterns which synthesizes results in historical linguistics, phonetics, and phonological theory. In this groundbreaking book, Juliette Blevins explores the nature of sound patterns and sound change in human language over the past 7000-8000 years. She presents a new approach to the problem of how genetically unrelated languages, from families as far apart as Native American, Australian Aboriginal, Austronesian, and Indo-European, can often show similar sound patterns, and also tackles the converse problem of why there are notable exceptions to most of the patterns that are often regarded as universal tendencies or constraints. A formal model of sound change is presented that integrates phonetic variation and patterns of misperception to account for attested sound systems, without reference to markedness or naturalness within the synchronic grammar.

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