Abigail C. Cohn, Cécile Fougeron and Marie K. Huffman

in The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199575039
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics


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The article gives an introduction to the topics that are discussed in the book. Some of the topics that are covered in the book include phonological contrast and representation, prosodic organization, the structure and role of the lexicon, phonological and phonetic variation, sociophonetics, typological generalizations, speech perception and production, language acquisition, and historical change. The book examines different sources of speech, speaker-related, message-related, and system-related variation, demonstrating the critical importance of engaging with such multifaceted and complex variation. It highlights the benefits of an integrated approach, rather than separating some aspects of variation as fundamental and other aspects as outside the domain of investigation. It also examines the content, access, and evolution of representations of speech, with special attention to the variety and richness of linguistic representations, relationships between levels of representation, and the challenges to current and future models of linguistic representations. It highlights the multidisciplinarity and diversity of methods that are the employed in the laboratory phonology.

Keywords: phonetic variation; sociophonetics; typological generalizations; speech perception; laboratory phonology

Article.  2547 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Phonetics and Phonology

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