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Underlying Representations

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Part of Key Topics in Phonology

  • Date Published: September 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139557719

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  • At the heart of generative phonology lies the assumption that the sounds of every language have abstract underlying representations, which undergo various changes in order to generate the 'surface' representations; that is, the sounds we actually pronounce. The existence, status and form of underlying representations have been hotly debated in phonological research since the introduction of the phoneme in the nineteenth century. This book provides a comprehensive overview of theories of the mental representation of the sounds of language. How does the mind store and process phonological representations? Krämer surveys the development of the concept of underlying representation over the last 100 years or so within the field of generative phonology. He considers phonological patterns, psycholinguistic experiments, statistical generalisations over data corpora and phenomena such as hypercorrection. The book offers a new understanding of contrastive features and proposes a modification of the optimality-theoretic approach to the generation of underlying representations.

    • Discussion points in each chapter help the reader understand the key concepts and stimulate class discussion
    • Suggestions for further reading provide more detailed background on the issues discussed and lead to further study
    • A helpful glossary provides basic definitions of key terms
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    'A timely and timeless topic ripe for in-depth investigation, with important and fundamental implications for rule- and constraint-based theories alike. A book that every theoretical phonologist should read and debate.' Bert Vaux, University of Cambridge

    '… this thought-provoking book amasses a vast range of evidence for and against different theories, proposals and hypotheses, and is an excellent guide to previous studies as well as to outstanding research problems.' Stig Eliasson, Journal of Linguistics

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    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139557719
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Getting started
    2. Arbitrariness and opposition
    3. Derivation and abstractness
    4. Underspecification returns
    5. The devil is in the detail: usage-based phonology
    6. Psycho- and neurolinguistic evidence
    7. On the form and contents of contrastive features
    8. Underlying representations in optimality theory
    9. Preliminary results.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Phonological Analysis
  • Author

    Martin Krämer, Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway
    Martin Krämer is Associate Professor in Linguistics in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Tromsø.

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