Origins of Sound Change: Approaches to Phonologization

Hardcover | February 10, 2013

EditorAlan C. L. Yu

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Explanations for sound change have traditionally focused on identifying the inception of change, that is, the identification of perturbations of the speech signal, conditioned by physiological constraints on articulatory and/or auditory mechanisms, which affect the way speech sounds areanalyzed by the listener. While this emphasis on identifying the nature of intrinsic variation in speech has provided important insights into the origins of widely attested cross-linguistic sound changes, the nature of phonologization - the transition from intrinsic phonetic variation to extrinsicphonological encoding - remains largely unexplored.This volume showcases the current state of the art in phonologization research, bringing together work by leading scholars in sound change research from different disciplinary and scholarly traditions. The authors investigate the progression of sound change from the perspectives of speechperception, speech production, phonology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, computer science, statistics, and social and cognitive psychology. The book highlights the fruitfulness of collaborative efforts among phonologists and specialists from neighbouring disciplines inseeking unified theoretical explanations for the origins of sound patterns in language, as well as improved syntheses of synchronic and diachronic phonology.

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Explanations for sound change have traditionally focused on identifying the inception of change, that is, the identification of perturbations of the speech signal, conditioned by physiological constraints on articulatory and/or auditory mechanisms, which affect the way speech sounds areanalyzed by the listener. While this emphasis on ...

Alan C. L. Yu is Associate Professor of Linguistics and the College and the University of Chicago. He also directs the Phonology Laboratory and the Washo Documentation Project. His research focuses on phonological theory, phonetics, language typology, and language variation and change. He is the author of A Natural History of Infixatio...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:February 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573743

ISBN - 13:9780199573745

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Part I: What is Phonologization1. Larry Hyman: Enlarging the Scope of Phonologization2. Elizabeth Hume and Frederic Mailhot: Certainty and Expectation in Phonologization and LanguagePart II: Phonetic Considerations3. Andrew Garrett and Keith Johnson: Phonetic Bias in Sound Change4. Heike Lehnert-LeHouillier: From Long to Short and From Short to Long: Perceptual motivations for changes in vocalic length5. Sam Tilsen: Inibitory Mechanisms in Speech Planning Maintain and Maximie Contrast6. Chandan Narayan: Developmental Perspectives on phonological Typology and Sound ChangePart III: Phonological and Morphological Considerations7. Abby Kaplan: Lexical Sensitivity to Phonetic and Phonological Pressures8. Jeff Mielke: Phonologization and the Typology of Feature Behaviour9. Rebecca Morley: Rapid Learning of Morphologically Conditioned Phonetics: Vowel nasalization across a boundaryPart IV: Social and Computational Dynamics10. Alan C. L. Yu: Individual Variation in Socio-cognitive Processing and Sound Change11. James Kirby: The Role of Probabilistic Enhancement in Phonologization12. Frederic Mailhot: Modelling the Emergence of Vowel Harmony Through Iterated Learning13. Morgan Sonderegger and Partha Niyogi: Variation and Change in English Noun/Verb Pair Stress: Data, dynamical systems models, and their interaction