Canonical Forms In Prosodic Morphology

Paperback | May 25, 2006

byLaura J. Downing

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Prosodic morphology concerns the interaction of morphological and phonological determinants of linguistic form and the degree to which one determines the other. This is the first book devoted to understanding the definition and operation of canonical forms - the invariant syllabic shapes ofmorphemes - which are the defining characteristic of prosodic morphology. Dr Downing discusses past research in the field and provides a critical evaluation of the current leading theory which, she shows, is empirically inadequate. She sets out an alternative approach and tests this in across-linguistic analysis of phonological and morphological forms over a wide range languages, including several not previously been studied from this perspective. Prosodic morphology has been the testing ground for theoeretical developments in phonology over the past twenty years, fromautosegmental theory to optimality theory. This book will be of central interest to specialists in phonology and morphology, as well as to advanced students of these fields and of linguistic theory more generally.

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Prosodic morphology concerns the interaction of morphological and phonological determinants of linguistic form and the degree to which one determines the other. This is the first book devoted to understanding the definition and operation of canonical forms - the invariant syllabic shapes ofmorphemes - which are the defining characteris...

Laura J. Downing is a Research Fellow at the Centre for General Linguistics, Typology, and Universals Research (ZAS) in Berlin where her work focuses on theoretical issues in prosodic phonology and morphology. Her interest in morphologically-conditioned phonology is represented in a volume she co-edited on Paradigms in Phonological Th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:May 25, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019928640X

ISBN - 13:9780199286409

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Prosodic Hierarchy-Based Templates3. Morpheme-Based Templates4. The Role of Phonology in Defining Canonical Form in MBT5. Questions for Future Research and ConclusionReferences