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Renwick, Margaret E. L.

The Phonetics and Phonology of Contrast

The Case of the Romanian Vowel System

Series:Phonology and Phonetics [PP] 19

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    September 2014
    Copyright year:
    2014
    ISBN
    978-3-11-036277-0
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    Overview

    • New data on Romanian vowels
    • Synchronic and historical approaches to language
    • Acoustic, and perceptual, and type-frequency studies

    Aims and Scope

    This book proposes that phonological contrast, in particular the robustness of a phonemic contrast, does not depend solely on the presence of minimal pairs, but is instead affected by a set of phonetic, usage-based, and systemic factors. This perspective opens phonology to a more direct interpretation through phonetic analysis, undertaken in a series of case studies on the Romanian vowel system. Both the synchronic phonetics and morpho-phonological alternations are studied, to understand the forces that have historically shaped and now maintain the phonemic system of Romanian. A corpus study of phoneme type frequency in Romanian reveals marginal contrasts among vowels, in which a sharp distinction between allophones and phonemes fails to capture relationships among sounds. An investigation of Romanian /Ɨ/ provides insight into the historical roots of marginal contrast, and a large acoustic study of Romanian vowels and diphthongs is a backdrop for evaluating the phonetic and perceptual realization of marginal contrast. The results provide impetus for a model in which phonology, phonetics, morphology and perception interact in a multidimensional way.


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    xii, 201 pages
    DE GRUYTER MOUTON
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Phonetics; Phonology; Romanian; Vowels

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    Margaret E. L. Renwick, University of Georgia, USA.

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