The Phonological Enterprise by Mark HaleThe Phonological Enterprise by Mark Hale

The Phonological Enterprise

byMark Hale, Charles Reiss

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This book scrutinizes recent work in phonological theory from the perspective of Chomskyan generative linguistics and argues that progress in the field depends on taking seriously the idea that phonology is best studied as a mental computational system derived from an innate base, phonologicalUniversal Grammar. Two simple problems of phonological analysis provide a frame for a variety of topics throughout the book. The competence-performance distinction and markedness theory are both addressed in some detail, especially with reference to phonological acquisition. Several aspects ofOptimality Theory, including the use of Output-Output Correspondence, functionalist argumentation and dependence on typological justification are critiqued. The authors draw on their expertise in historical linguistics to argue that diachronic evidence is often mis-used to bolster phonologicalarguments, and they present a vision of the proper use of such evidence. Issues of general interest for cognitive scientists, such as whether categories are discrete and whether mental computation is probabilistic are also addressed. The book ends with concrete proposals to guide future phonologicalresearch.The breadth and depth of the discussion, ranging from details of current analyses to the philosophical underpinnings of linguistic science, is presented in a direct style with as little recourse to technical language as possible.

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Mark Hale is Professor and Charles Reiss is Associate Professors of Linguistics at Concordia University, Montreal. Mark Hale is the author of Historical Linguistics: Theory and Method (Blackwell, 2007). His research interests include historical linguistics, especially the Oceanic and Indo-European families, phonological and syntactic ...
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Title:The Phonological EnterpriseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I Phonological UG and Acquisition2. The Subset Principle in Phonology3. Competence and Performance in Phonological Acquisition4. The Georgian Problem RevisitedPart II Resisting Substance Abuse in Phonology5. Galilean-Style Phonology6. Against Articulatory Grounding7. Against Typological GroundingPart III Some Aspects of Optimality Theory8. Against Constraints9. Against Output-Output CorrespondencePart IV Conclusions10. A Principled Solution to Catalan11. Final RemarksReferences