Lenition and Contrast: The Functional Consequences of Certain Phonetically Conditioned Sound Changes

1st Edition

Naomi Gurevich

Routledge
Published January 14, 2014
Reference - 332 Pages - 161 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415865142 - CAT# Y152872
Series: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

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Summary

This book analyzes 153 languages from a large variety of families to establish a previously unexplored relationship between phonetically conditioned sound changes such as lenitions and functional (meaning maintenance related) considerations. Carefully collecting numerous inventories of consonants, this collection is likely to become an important resource for future linguistics research. By distinguishing between phonetic and phonological neutralization, and showing that the first does not necessarily result in the second, Naomi Gurevich uncovers previously unexplored and often surprising trends in the relationship between phonetics and phonology.

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