Phonology and Language Use
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Phonology and Language Use by Joan L. Bybee
Book DescriptionA research perspective that takes language use into account opens up new views of old issues and provides an understanding of issues that linguists have rarely addressed. Referencing new developments in cognitive and functional linguistics, phonetics, and connectionist modeling, this book investigates various ways in which a speaker/hearer's experience with language affects the representation of phonology. Rather than assuming phonological representations in terms of phonemes, Joan Bybee adopts an exemplar model, in which specific tokens of use are stored and categorized phonetically with reference to variables in the context. This model allows an account of phonetically gradual sound change which produces lexical variation, and provides an explanatory account of the fact that many reductive sound changes affect high frequency items first. The well-known effects of type and token frequency on morphologically-conditioned phonological alterations are shown also to apply to larger sequences, such as fixed phrases and constructions, solving some of the problems formulated previously as dealing with the phonology-syntax interface.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521583749
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joan L. Bybee
Language Change, Paperback (May 2015)
This new introduction explores all aspects of language change, with an emphasis on the role of cognition and language use.
Language, Usage and Cognition, Hardback (April 2010)
Outlines a theory of language use and language change, focusing on the processes that give languages their structure and variance.
Frequency of Use and the Organization of Language, Paperback (January 2007)
Collects three decades of articles by the linguist Joan Bybee. Her articles argue for the importance of frequency of use as a factor in the analysis and explanation of language structure. This work is useful for researchers in linguistics, particularly in discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, phonology, phonetics and historical linguistics.
Phonology and Language Use, Paperback (February 2003)» View all books by Joan L. Bybee
Reinvestigates how a speaker/hearer's experience with language affects the representation of phonology.
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