Consonant Harmony: Long-Distance Interactions in Phonology

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Univ of California Press, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 422 pages
This extensive survey of consonant harmony in the world’s languages reveals surprising diversity in the featural dimensions involved, and uncovers new empirical generalizations and tendencies. Striking parallels with phonological speech errors suggest a connection to the psycholinguistic domain of speech planning. An Optimality Theory analysis of consonant harmony as long-distance featural agreement, rather than feature spreading, is developed in detail.
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
A CROSSLINGUISTIC TYPOLOGY OF CONSONANT HARMONY
29
A CONSTRAINTBASED ANALYSIS OF CONSONANT HARMONY
209
BEYOND THE BASICS
295
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
373
Consonant Harmony Database
381
Bibliography
391
Language Index
417
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Gunnar Ólafur Hansson is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He specializes in phonology, the study of sound patterns in natural languages and of language users’ implicit knowledge of such patterns.