9.1608, Books: Phonology

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Subject: 9.1608, Books: Phonology

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Date:  Fri, 13 Nov 1998 11:05:10 +0100
From:  Rint Sybesma <rint at hagpub.com>
Subject:  Functional phonology, Paul Boersma

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Date:  Fri, 13 Nov 1998 11:05:10 +0100
From:  Rint Sybesma <rint at hagpub.com>
Subject:  Functional phonology, Paul Boersma

     New from Holland Academic Graphics:

     Functional phonology.
     Formalizing the interactions between articulatory and perceptual drives

     by Paul Boersma

     In Functional phonology, Paul Boersma develops a theory that seeks to
     explain and describe the data of the languages of the world from
     general capabilities of human motor behaviour and perception. By
     separating the roles of the articulation and the audition of speech
     sounds, it predicts and clarifies generalizations about the organization
     of human speech, and solves several outstanding controversial
     phonological issues.
        Providing a synthesis between the "phonetic" and "phonological"
     standpoints, the theory of functional phonology expresses explanatory
     functional principles like the minimization of articulatory effort and
     the minimization of perceptual confusion directly in a descriptive formal
     grammar, and offers a typologically and empirically adequate
     alternative to generative theories of autosegmental phonology and
     feature geometry.
        The subjects covered in this book include articulation and
     perception models, constraint-based accounts of phonetic
     implementation, the acquisition of articulatory and perceptual
     phonological feature values, an algorithm for learning stochastic
     grammars, the construction of phoneme inventories, circular
     optimization in sound change, and a determination of the fundamental
     principles that underlie the surface phenomena sometimes ascribed to
     the primitive phonological operations of spreading and the Obligatory
     Contour Principle.
        This book will appeal to phonologists interested in the possibility
     that the grammar directly reflects common principles of efficient and
     effective communication, to phoneticians interested in the idea that
     phonetic explanations can be expressed as constraint interactions in a
     formal grammar, and to any linguist interested in the innateness

     Contents:  Introduction  Part I. Representations  1. Representations and
     features  2. Articulation model  3. Acoustical simulation  4. Perception
     models  5. Test of the articulation model  Part II. Constraints  6.
     Functional optimality theory  7. Articulatory constraints  8. Perceptual
     contrast and faithfulness  10. Acoustical faithfulness  11. Typology and
     the local-ranking hypothesis  12. Corespondence  13. Degrees of
     specification  Part III. Grammar  14. Learning a production grammar
     15. How we learn variation, optionality and probability  16. Inventories
     17. Sound change  18. The Obligatory Contour Principle  19. Spreading
     20. Conclusion

     1998. xii+494 pp. ISBN 90 5569 054 6. Paperback. [LOT International
     Series 11. IFOTT/University of Amsterdam dissertation.] Price for
     individuals ordering directly from HAG: NLG 66.00 (excl. P&P and

     Holland Academic Graphics, The Hague <http://www.hagpub.com>.


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