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Title: Lexical Strata in English
Subtitle: Morphological Causes, Phonological Effects
Written By: Heinz J. Giegerich
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521023535
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 89
Description:

In Lexical Strata in English, Heinz Giegerich investigates the way in which
alternations in the sound patterns of words interact with the morphological
processes of the language. Drawing examples from English and German, he
uncovers and spells out in detail the principles of 'lexical morphology and
phonology', a theory that has in recent years become increasingly
influential in linguistics. Giegerich queries many of the assumptions made
in that theory, overturning some and putting others on a principled
footing. What emerges is a new, formally coherent and highly constrained
theory of the lexicon - the theory of 'base-driven' stratification - which
predicts the number of lexical strata from the number of base-category
distinctions recognized in the morphology of the language. Finally, he
offers new accounts of some central phenomena in the phonology of English
(including vowel 'reduction', [r]-sandhi and syllabification), which both
support and are uniquely facilitated by this new theory.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Phonology
Subject Language(s): English
German
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052102353X
ISBN-13: N/A
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