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Title: Consonant Structure and Prevocalization
Written By: Natalie Operstein
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 312

This monograph proposes a new interpretation of the intrasegmental
structure of consonants and provides the first systematic intra- and
cross-linguistic study of consonant prevocalization. The proposed model
represents consonants as inherently bigestural and makes strong predictions
that are automatically relevant to phonological theory at both the
diachronic and synchronic levels, and also to the phonetics of articulatory
evolution. It also clearly demonstrates that a wide generalization of the
notion of consonant prevocalization provides a uniform account for many
well-known processes generally considered independent – from asynchronous
palatalization in Polish to intrusive [r] in nonrhotic English, to vowel
epentheses in Avestan, and to pre-/s/ vowel prothesis in Welsh. Consonant
prevocalization has not played a significant role in the development of
modern phonological theory to date, and this work is the first to highlight
its broad theoretical significance. It develops important theoretical
insights, with a wealth of supporting data and a rich bibliography. No
doubt, this book will be of great interest to phonologists, phoneticians,
typologists, and historical linguists.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027290908
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00
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ISBN-13: 9789027248282
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