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Title: Lexical Phonology and the History of English
Written By: April McMahon
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 91

This book has two main goals: the re-establishment of a rule-based
phonology as a viable alternative to current non-derivational models, and
the rehabilitation of historical evidence as a focus of phonological
theory. Although lexical phonology includes several constraints, such as
the Derived Environment Condition and Structure Preservation, intended to
reduce abstractness, previous versions have not typically exploited these
fully. The model of lexical phonology presented here imposes the Derived
Environment Condition strictly; introduces a new constraint on the shape of
underlying representations; excludes underspecification; and suggests an
integration of lexical phonology with articulatory phonology. Together,
these innovations ensure a substantially more concrete phonology. The
constrained model is tested against a number of well-known processes of
English, Scottish and American accents, including the Vowel Shift Rule, the
Scottish Vowel Length Rule, and [r]-insertion, and draws interesting
distinctions between what is derivable by rule and what is not.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521472806
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 322
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