A Critical Introduction to Phonology: Functional and Usage-Based Perspectives (Bloomsbury Critical Introductions to Linguistics)

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Taking an interdisciplinary approach to phonological theory and analysis, A Critical Introduction to Phonology introduces the key aspects of the discipline. Departing from the mainstream tradition, Daniel Silverman argues that the nature of linguistic sound systems can only be understood in the context of how they are used by speakers and listeners.By proposing that linguistic sound systems are the product of an interaction among sound (acoustics), mind (cognition), and body (physiology), Silverman focuses on the functional consequences of their interaction. Now with each chapter supplemented by a section on "Doing Phonology", together with phonological examples from a large corpus of data, this expanded second edition offers a provocative introduction to phonological theory. This book is essential reading for all students and researchers of phonology who are already familiar with the standard approaches and provides both a new theoretical background and the mechanical tools for truly successful phonological analyses.
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ISBN-13: 9781474238885
ISBN-10: 1474238882
Pagini: 360
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Ediția: 2
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria Bloomsbury Critical Introductions to Linguistics

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


'Doing phonology' sections in each chapter take readers step-by-step through phonological problem-solving and highlight how rigorous phonological analyses can be 'done' within the framework explored in the book

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Daniel Silverman is Associate Professor of Phonology at San Jose State University, USA. He has published widely on phonology and is the author of Neutralization (2012) and Phasing and Recoverability (1997).


PrefacePart I 1. The Functional Typology of Sound Substitution Setting the sceneThe functional typology of sound substitutionLearning the alternantsSummary and conclusionDoing phonology: Dutch2. Meaning-Changing Sound SubstitutionIntroductionThree examples of meaning-changing sound substitutionSummary and conclusionDoing phonology: Southern KongoPart II 3. Meaning-Merging Sound SubstitutionIntroductionDutchKorean, Chinese, and ChongHungarianSummary and conclusionDoing phonology: Russian4. Meaning-Maintaining Sound SubstitutionIntroductionFour cases of meaning-maintaining sound substitutionPhysical similarity versus functional identity'Two-and-a-half' cases of mistaken identitySummary and conclusionDoing phonology: Korean5. Variation and ProbabilityIntroductionModels of variationProbability matchingProbability matching promotes category separation and phonetic stabilityTrique trans-velar labial harmonyComaltepec Chinantec tone alternationHigh-tone behaviour in Zulu and elsewhereSummary and conclusionDoing phonology: Chiquihuitlan Mazatec6. The Pull of Phonetics; the Push of SemanticsIntroductionCorsican againAmerican EnglishWord-initial positionSummary and conclusionDoing phonology: LithuanianPart III7. Loquor ergo esIntroductionEase of perception: Are speakers 'altruistic'?Ease of production: Are speakers 'selfish'?'Alphabetism' and 'phonemism': Whence and whither?The 'synchronic explanation' oxymoron'Synchronic explanation'Summary and conclusionDoing Phonology: Sea DayakAppendix: Primer of Phonetic RudimentsGlossary Index


Teachers of phonology and graduate students will find this book immensely stimulating and thought-provoking.
Daniel Silverman has written a book that is both thought-provoking and enjoyable to read. By presenting an interdisciplinary approach, it will be of interest to phonologists and scholars in related fields. And by challenging established ideas, it will essential reading for established experts and advanced students.
Daniel Silverman's thought-provoking book is essential reading for anyone interested in phonology, from beginning students to established scholars. In it, he manages to discuss all the issues phonologists care deeply about - from children's acquisition of sound-meaning mappings to sound change taking place over generations - while challenging many of the fundamental notions of mainstream phonology. This new edition includes well-known phonological problem sets that demonstrate how to 'do' phonology in the framework he proposes - a framework that is both innovative (as it rejects a number of core assumptions that many introductory textbooks take for granted) and firmly embedded in a tradition of over a century of scholarship, quoted throughout the book. Silverman's approach relies strongly on the relationship between phonetics and phonology, and manages, almost casually, to teach the reader as much about the former as the latter.