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Dispersion Theory and Phonology  

Edward Flemming

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
Subject:
Phonology
Dispersion Theory concerns the constraints that govern contrasts, the phonetic differences that can distinguish words in a language. Specifically it posits that there are distinctiveness ... More

Contrastive Specification in Phonology  

Daniel Currie Hall

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
Subject:
Phonology
The fundamental idea underlying the use of distinctive features in phonology is the proposition that the same phonetic properties that distinguish one phoneme from another also play a ... More

Pitch Accent in Korean  

Chiyuki Ito and Michael J. Kenstowicz

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
Typologically, pitch-accent languages stand between stress languages like Spanish and tone languages like Shona, and share properties of both. In a stress language, typically just one ... More

Derivational Morphology  

Rochelle Lieber

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Mar 2017
Derivational morphology is a type of word formation that creates new lexemes, either by changing syntactic category or by adding substantial new meaning (or both) to a free or bound base. ... More

Accent in Japanese Phonology  

Haruo Kubozono

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
The word accent system of Tokyo Japanese might look quite complex with a number of accent patterns and rules. However, recent research has shown that it is not as complex as has been ... More

Rendaku or Sequential Voicing in Japanese Phonology  

Timothy J. Vance

Online publication date:
Mar 2017
The term rendaku, sometimes translated as sequential voicing, denotes a morphophonemic phenomenon in Japanese. In a prototypical case, an alternating morpheme appears with an initial ... More

Autosegmental Phonology  

Will Leben

Subject:
Phonology
This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Please check back later for the full article. ... More

Vowel Harmony  

Harry van der Hulst

Online publication date:
Jul 2016
The subject of this article is vowel harmony. In its prototypical form, this phenomenon involves agreement between all vowels in a word for some phonological property (such as palatality, ... More

Tone  

Bert Remijsen

Online publication date:
Aug 2016
Subject:
Phonology
When the phonological form of a morpheme—a unit of meaning that cannot be decomposed further into smaller units of meaning—involves a particular melodic pattern as part of its sound shape, ... More

Metrical Structure and Stress  

Matthew K. Gordon

Online publication date:
Jul 2016
Subject:
Phonology
Metrical structure refers to the phonological representations capturing the prominence relationships between syllables, usually manifested phonetically as differences in levels of stress. ... More

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