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Vowel Patterns in Language

Vowel Patterns in Language by Rachel Walker
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Linguists researching the sounds of languages do not just study lists of sounds but seek to discover generalizations about sound patterns by grouping them into categories. They study the common properties of each category and identify what distinguishes one category from another. Vowel patterns, for instance, are analysed and compared across languages to identify phonological similarities and differences. This account of vowel patterns in language brings a wealth of cross-linguistic material to the study of vowel systems and offers theoretical insights. Informed by research in speech perception and production, it addresses the fundamental question of how the relative prominence of word position influences vowel processes and distributions. The book combines a cross-linguistic focus with detailed case studies. Descriptions and analyses are provided for vowel patterns in over 25 languages from around the world, with particular emphasis on minor Romance languages and on the diachronic development of the German umlaut.
Cambridge University Press; April 2011
366 pages; ISBN 9781139062756
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Title: Vowel Patterns in Language
Author: Rachel Walker
 
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ISBNs
1139064568
9780521513975
9781139062756
9781139064569
9781139073028