The Phonology of Welsh

Hardcover | November 30, 2013

byS. J. Hannahs

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This book is an up-to-date, comprehensive, and theoretically coherent account of the phonology of modern Welsh. It begins by describing the history of Welsh, its relation to the other Celtic languages and its phonetic inventory. Six chapters then explore the structures underlying its soundsystem. The first considers the phonetic background, including segment inventories and the characteristics of the main dialects. The second examines phonological structures including syllables, feet, phonotactics, and stress. The third and fourth analyse phonological alternations in the language,such as vowel mutation and assimilation, and foot-based phenomena such as the behaviour of /h/ and antepenultimate deletion. The fifth examines the phonological representation of initial consonant mutation, one of the best known and least understood characteristics of Celtic phonology in which theinitial consonant of a word undergoes a systematic alternation with a consonant that is phonetically different. The concluding chapter summarizes the work's major points and arguments and highlights opportunities for research. S. J. Hannahs approaches the subject from the perspective of generative phonological theory. He couches specific analyses in the constraint-based framework of optimality theory but presents data in as theory-neutral a way as possible to ensure its accessibility to linguists of all theoreticalpersuasions.

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This book is an up-to-date, comprehensive, and theoretically coherent account of the phonology of modern Welsh. It begins by describing the history of Welsh, its relation to the other Celtic languages and its phonetic inventory. Six chapters then explore the structures underlying its soundsystem. The first considers the phonetic backgr...

S. J. Hannahs is Senior Lecturer in linguistics, Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of Prosodic Structure and French Morphophonology (Niemeyer, 1995), and co-author with Mike Davenport of Introducing Phonetics and Phonology (3rd edn Hodder, 2010). His publications also include papers on Celtic and Romance phonology and morpholo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199601232

ISBN - 13:9780199601233

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Background2. A Survey of Welsh Phonetics3. Welsh Phonological Structures4. Phonological Processes5. Foot-based Phenomena6. Initial Consonant Mutation7. Remaining Issues and Further DirectionsReferencesSubject IndexCOnstraint IndexWelsh Word Index