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Wed Apr 25 2001

Books: Phonology

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Phonology: Whose German? by Orrin W. Robinson

Message 1: Phonology: Whose German? by Orrin W. Robinson

Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 11:49:04 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Phonology: Whose German? by Orrin W. Robinson

John Benjamins Publishing announces a new work in German phonology, with 
historical aspects.

Whose German?
The ach/ich alternation and related phenomena in 'standard' and 'colloquial'.
Orrin W. ROBINSON (Stanford University)
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 208
US & Canada: 1 58811 007 9 / USD 64.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3715 8 / NLG 140.00 (Hardcover)

The author addresses a number of issues in German and general
phonology, using a specific problem in German phonology (the ach/ich
alternation) as a springboard. These issues include especially the
naturalness, or lack thereof, of the prescriptive standard in German,
and the importance of colloquial pronunciations, as well as historical
and dialect evidence, for phonological analyses of the "standard"
language. Other important topics include the phonetic and phonological
status of German /r/, the phonetic and phonological representation of
palatals, the status of loanwords in phonological description, and,
especially as regards the latter, the usefulness of Optimality Theory
in capturing phonological facts. The book addresses itself to
scholars from the fields of German and Germanic linguistics, as well
as those concerned more generally with theoretical phonology (whether
Lexical or Optimal). It may even appeal to the ortho�pists and
lexicographers of modern German.

Ch. 1 What is Standard German?;
Ch. 2 The ach/ich alternation: The bare facts;
Ch. 3 Survey of the literature;
Ch. 4 Nonautomatic [�];
Ch. 5 Consonantal environments for [�];
Ch. 6 More data from regional German;
Ch. 7 A lexical phonological reanalysis of the ach/ich rule;
Ch. 8 An analysis within Optimality Theory;
Ch. 9 Concluding remarks.

 John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Offices:	Philadelphia 			Amsterdam:
Phone: +215 836-1200 +31 20 6304747
Fax: +215 836-1204 +31 20 6739773
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