Syllable and Segment in Latin

Hardcover | April 5, 2015

byRanjan Sen

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Syllable and Segment in Latin offers new and detailed analyses of five long-standing problems in Latin historical phonology. In so doing, it clarifies the relative roles of synchronic phonological structure and phonetics in guiding sound change. While a reductionist view claims that demands ofspeech production and perception alone motivate and constrain phonological development in a listener-oriented model of diachronic phonology, the author shows that some developments were initiated by analogy and constrained by synchronic structure. Ranjan Sen considers examines clear and dark /l/; inverse compensatory lengthening; syllabification before stop + liquid in vowel reduction; vocalic epenthesis in stop + /l/; and consonantal assimilations. He ascertains the phonological conditions for each phenomenon, reconstructs the motivationsfor the changes, and develops a methodology for the appropriate use of evidence from non-current languages to evaluate theories of diachronic phonology. He evaluates the likely phonetic and phonological influences by investigating studies across languages, establishing a secure evidence base throughdetailed philological examination, and reconstructing the phonetics - through both general principles and pertinent experimental studies - and the relevant phonological structure of the language.The book will appeal to graduate students and researchers in historical linguistics, phonology, Classical philology, and Indo-European linguistics.

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Syllable and Segment in Latin offers new and detailed analyses of five long-standing problems in Latin historical phonology. In so doing, it clarifies the relative roles of synchronic phonological structure and phonetics in guiding sound change. While a reductionist view claims that demands ofspeech production and perception alone moti...

Ranjan Sen is a Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of English, University of Sheffield. His main research interest is sound change, focusing particularly on developing techniques to reconstruct and account for phonological change over time, and investigating to what extent synchronic structure plays a role in diachronic phonology. H...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199660182

ISBN - 13:9780199660186

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1. Philology and Phonology2. Clear and dark /l/3. Inverse compensatory lengthening4. Syllabification: Vowel reduction before TR5. Vocalic epenthesis in TL6. Assimilations: Syllable structure and segmental sequence7. Conclusions: Reconstructing phonological changeAppendix: Examination of littera-rule formsReferences