The Phonology of Italian

Hardcover | May 30, 2009

byMartin Kramer

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This book provides an overview of the phonology of Italian. It covers the different levels of analysis from individual sounds up to the phrasal level. It focuses on the most widely dispersed features of the language reflecting its significant regional and social variation and its mostprominent regionally restricted patterns. Martin Kramer provides a critical survey of the generative literature on Italian phonology. He reports on current debates in the field, considers their particular and general theoretical interest, and provides both syntheses and original analyses. His accounts of the main aspects and characteristicsof Italian phonology are couched in the framework of Optimality Theory, but he keeps formal aspects and theory-internal matters to a minimum and separate from the presentation and description of the data. His exposition is thus fully accessible to students and researchers who are not familiar withor do not subscribe to the tenets of the theory. Individual chapters may thus serve as starting points for in-depth investigations into particular aspects of Italian phonology in whatever framework the reader chooses to employ. The Phonology of Italian is the first fully comprehensive account of its subject for many years. It will interest scholars and advanced students of Italian, Romance phonology, and phonology as a system.

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This book provides an overview of the phonology of Italian. It covers the different levels of analysis from individual sounds up to the phrasal level. It focuses on the most widely dispersed features of the language reflecting its significant regional and social variation and its mostprominent regionally restricted patterns. Martin Kra...

Martin Kramer is Associate Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Tromso. From 2001-2004 he was lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology at the University of Ulster. His University of Dusseldorf PhD thesis, Vowel Harmony and Correspondence Theory, was published in Studies in Generative Grammar in 2003 by Mouton de Gruyter. T...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:May 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199290792

ISBN - 13:9780199290796

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Theoretical Background3. A Very Brief History of Italian Phonology4. Segmental Phonology5. Syllable Structure6. Word Stress7. Prosodic PhonologyBibliographySubject IndexIndex of Names