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Is ʔ an Element? Towards a Non-segmental Phonology

Jensen, Sean (1994) Is ʔ an Element? Towards a Non-segmental Phonology. In "SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics & Phonetics". Vol 4, pp 71-78.

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This paper argues that the element calculus of Government Phonology is overburdened. In particular it shows that the simple act of supposing extra elements to explain consonantal phenomena leads to far reaching and undesirable empirical consequences. An alternative approach is proposed which leaves the elemental inventory containing only those elements attested in both nuclei and non-nuclei. The phonetic impression of consonantism is attributed to the direct interpretation of supra-skeletal structure. Some typical textbook problems involving consonant ‘mutations’ are explored in light of this simple shift of perspective, with attractive solutions. The metatheoretical benefits of this approach are highlighted and particular areas of existing supra-skeletal theory are singled out as likely to require ‘tweaking’.

Item Type: Monographs (Working Paper)
Keywords: phonology, elements, glottal, consonants, Government Phonology, lenition, fortition
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Depositing User: Sean Jensen
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2011 09:37
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/12725


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