29.2911, Books: A foot-based typology of tonal reassociation: Breteler

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Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:24:37
From: Karijn Hootsen [gw.uilots.lot at uu.nl]
Subject: A foot-based typology of tonal reassociation: Breteler


Title: A foot-based typology of tonal reassociation 
Subtitle: Perspectives from synchrony and learnability 
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series  

Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

Book URL: https://www.lotpublications.nl/a-foot-based-typology-of-tonal-reassociation-perspectives-from-synchrony-and-learnability 

Author: Jeroen Breteler

Paperback: ISBN:  9789460932878 Pages: 262 Price: Europe EURO 33.00


This dissertation is about the synchronic analysis, typology, and formal
learnability of tonal reassociation. Tonal reassociation refers to a group of
phonological phenomena where a lexical tone surfaces in positions that the
tone did not occupy underlyingly, without an apparent phonological trigger for
doing so. Linguistic theory must answer why tone reassociates, and how the
surface targets for reassociation are determined. In addition, it must account
for the attested crosslinguistic variation of such patterns.

To address this, the dissertation develops an analytical framework based on
the interaction between tone and foot structure. Feet function as licensors
for tone, driving and restraining tonal reassociation. Since many
reassociation patterns involve ternary domains, the framework extends
traditional binary feet theory by allowing layered, ternary feet. Grammar
computation is modeled in Harmonic Serialism, which solves an opacity problem
found for Optimality Theory.

The first half of the book motivates the framework through case studies of
ternary spread-and-shift in Saghala, and quantity-sensitive ternary tone
spread in Copperbelt Bemba. The framework accounts for both cases, and it is
argued that layered feet are crucial to this success.

The third study investigates the typology predicted by the foot-based
approach. By exploring factorial typologies, it is found that the approach
accounts for much or all of the considered variation, but also shows several
kinds of overgeneration. The fourth study accounts for the overgeneration by
considering the learnability of foot-based analyses for various reassociation
patterns in Optimality Theory. Attested patterns are learnable, and more
easily so than unattested ones, under the condition that learners consider
production and comprehension errors in tandem.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Written In: English  (eng)

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