The Phonology of Armenian

Hardcover | February 1, 1998

byBert Vaux

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Armenian is geographically one of the most widespread languages of the world, with distinct dialects located as far west as Poland and as far east as India. It has a rich literary history dating from the fourth-century translation of the Bible into Classical Armenian. It is one of the mostlinguistically divergent of the Indo-European languages, having undergone a host of complicated phonological, morphological, and syntactic changes that continue to resist satisfactory analysis. However, the language has yet to receive a comprehensive treatment by theoretical linguists. Bert Vaux remedies this problem, bringing Armenian into the sphere of phonological discussion by making available to Western readers the results of Armenological work published in Armenian and Russian, andby presenting theoretical analyses of many of the more striking phonological phenomena described in these sources or culled from the author's fieldwork. The topics addressed include syllabification, stress assignment, vowel harmony, feature geometry, consonantvowel interactions, and prosodicstructure. Series Information: The Phonology of the World's Languages Series Editor: Professor Jacques Durand, Universite de Toulouse-le-Mirail Series ISBN: 0-19-961355-9 Series Description: The phonology of most languages has until now been available only in a fragmented way, through unpublished theses, or articles scattered in more or less accessible journals. Each volume in this series will offer an extensive treatment of the phonology of one language within a modern theoreticalperspective and will provide comprehensive references to recent and more classical studies of the language.

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Armenian is geographically one of the most widespread languages of the world, with distinct dialects located as far west as Poland and as far east as India. It has a rich literary history dating from the fourth-century translation of the Bible into Classical Armenian. It is one of the mostlinguistically divergent of the Indo-European l...

Bert Vaux is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:February 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198236611

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Survey of Armenian phonology2. Theoretical background3. Syllabification4. Stress assignment and metrical structure5. Vowel harmony6. Consonant--vowel interactions7. Laryngeal features and consonant shifts8. Prosodic phenomenaReferences

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`Impressive book ... It is hard to interpret a technical book for the non-specialist, but we would all understand the value of a book that does a lot of things no others have done before. The Phonology of Armenian does this.'Times Literary Supplement