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Wed Jan 19 2005

Books: Phonology, Catalan: Wheeler

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        1.    Lowri jones, The Phonology of Catalan: Wheeler

Message 1: The Phonology of Catalan: Wheeler

Date: 17-Jan-2005
From: Lowri jones <>
Subject: The Phonology of Catalan: Wheeler

Title: The Phonology of Catalan
Published: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Book URL:

Author: Max W. Wheeler, University of Sussex

Hardback: ISBN: 0199258147 Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 55.00


This is the most comprehensive account of Catalan phonology ever published.
Catalan is a Romance language, occupying a position somewhere between
French, Spanish, and Italian. It is the first language of six and a half
million people in the northeastern Spain and of the peoples of Andorra,
French Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and a small region of Sardinia. Dr
Wheeler describes Barcelona pronunciation and the major varieties of
western Catalonia, Valencia, and Majorca, and considers social and
stylistic variation.

The author's approach is through a clear, pragmatic version of orthodox
Optimality Theory and is informed by close attention to articulatory
phonetics. He includes a substantial account of post-lexical (phrasal)
phonology and has designed his approach to be of maximum use to those
seeking either to understand the phonology and morphology of Catalan and
its varieties or to set these within a comparative or typological
perspective. After an introduction to the varieties of Catalan the author
devotes chapters to segment inventories; syllable structure; phrasal
phonology; coda voicing; coda place; cluster reduction; epenthesis; stress
and prosody; word phonology and allomorphy; and the syllabification of
pronominal clitics. The book is fully referenced and contains a
comprehensive bibliography. It is likely to be the standard account of its
subject for many years.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Catalan-valencian-balear (CLN)

Written In: English (ENG )

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