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Introduction, Papers in Laboratory Phonology I: Between the Grammar and Physics of Speech(Reprint)

Mary E. Beckman and John Kingston

in The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199575039
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199575039.013.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Introduction, Papers in Laboratory Phonology I: Between the Grammar and Physics of Speech(Reprint)

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This article explores several papers presented to demonstrate the relationship between the phonological component and the phonetic component. The papers discussed address at least three questions. First, how, in the twin processes of producing and perceiving speech, do the discrete symbolic or cognitive units of the phonological representation of an utterance map into the continuous psychoacoustic and motoric functions of its phonetic representation. Second, how should the task of explaining speech patterns be divided between the models of grammatical function that are encoded in phonological representations and the models of physical or sensory function that are encoded in phonetic representations. Third, what sorts of research methods are most likely to provide good models for the two components and for the mapping between them. Several specific topics addressed by the article include suprasegmental phenomena in language, metrical representation of pitch register, and status of register in intonation theory, and alignment and composition of tonal accents. The article also covers topics such as the separation of prosodies, lengthenings and shortenings and the nature of prosodic constituency, the nature of prosodic constituency, and lengthenings and the nature of prosodic constituency.

Keywords: laboratory phonology; linguistic sign; phonological contrast; suprasegmental phenomena; phonetics

Article.  2850 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Phonetics and Phonology

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