Declarative Phonology: an Alternative Set of Proposals

Ken Lodge

in Fundamental Concepts in Phonology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748625659
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671410 | DOI:
Declarative Phonology: an Alternative Set of Proposals

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An alternative to the standard views of phonology is presented, to take into account the critical issues raised in the preceding chapters. Declarative phonology is polysystemic, non-segmental and abstract; it specifically excludes derivation and deletion as valid phonological mechanisms. Phonological structures are underspecified attribute-value matrices which attach to syllable structure at any level (syllable, onset, rhyme, nucleus, coda, or even higher, e.g. foot). Attribute-value matrices can be represented as underspecified tree diagrams. Phonetic implementation is exemplified and examples from Irish, Malay, German and Scots Gaelic are worked through.

Keywords: Declarative phonology; phonetic implementation; phonological features; abstractness; attribute-value matrices; syllable structure

Chapter.  7652 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Phonetics and Phonology

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