Title: Friction between phonetics and
Subtitle: The status of affricates
Series Title: LOT Dissertation series
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of
Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT) http://www.lotpublications.nl/
Author: Janine Berns
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460931222 Pages: Price:
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Affricates, which we find for instance at the
beginning of English chip, constitute one of
the mysteries of phonological science.
Linguists have been quarrelling for quite some
time how this articulatory complex sound,
consisting of a plosive released into a
fricative, has to be described phonologically.
That is, do languages, or rather speakers of a
language, treat these units as a kind of
plosive or as a balanced plosive-fricative
combination? This thesis presents an overview
of the different analyses put forward in the
history of phonological theory, and aims to
break the current deadlock by addressing data
from complementary sources; ranging from a
genetically-balanced sample of the world’s
languages to diachronic and synchronic French.
It is shown that affricates are not as complex
as we had once thought.