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Title: Phonologising articulatory phonology
Author: Hind, Kevin
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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Articulatory Phonology has been criticised as being little more than an enriched theory of phonetics, capable of handling gradient but not categorical phenomena. This thesis is an answer to such criticism, presenting one possible way in which the gestures of Articulatory Phonology can be incorporated into a systematic phonological framework both at the level of the segment and of the syllable. Segments are created by the combination of gestures in simple head-dependent relationships, where all segments contain one or more heads. A gesture is a head if it dominates the vocal tract, domination being defined in terms of the head's control of neutral articulator settings and of its coordination with other gestures within the segment. Gestural coordination within segments is thus constrained by phonological relationships without resource to arbitrary distinctions between complete, partial and minimal overlap. These headed structures provide simple accounts of a wide range of segment types such as simple and complex stops, pre- and postnasals, unaspirated and aspirated stops and affricates, as well as a number of common phonological processes such as nasal spreading and lenition. In addition, the use of gestures allows for a description of both gradient and categorical phenomena with a single set of primitives. Syllable structure is also described in terms of dependency between segments, and constituents are derived from the formal properties of the dependency relationships. The structures of Icelandic, Italian and Turkish are examined in detail, with particular attention to the representation of segmental length, preaspiration and epenthesis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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