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Metrical Phonology and Phonological Structure
German and English


Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521106078

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  • In this monograph, the first to be exclusively concerned with a model of phonological structure that is becoming increasingly influential, Heinz Giegerich pursues two major aims. First, he explores the theoretical foundations of 'metrical phonology' and in so doing suggests that the current model should be significantly simplified: auxiliary devices such as 'prosodic categories', ' metrical grids' and segmental stress features are shown to be unnecessary in this study. Secondly, he applies the model to a wide range of German and English data and in particular provides a detailed account of the stress patterns of German words - native and nonnative, morphologically simple and complex. The many similarities between German and English phonological structure are thereby strikingly illustrated. The book's clarity of exposition will enable readers not wholly familiar with metrical phonology to appreciate fully the elegance of this model in, arguably, its most basic form.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521106078
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Metrical structure and morphology, part one: the metrical structure of German words
    3. Metrical structure and morphology, part two: compound stress and related issues
    4. Metrical transformations, or: on the scope of the metrical component
    5. Metrical phonology and phonological structure: a summary with some afterthoughts
    References and citation index
    Index and glossary of German words.

  • Author

    Heinz J. Giegerich

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