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Description - The Phonology of Danish by Hans Basboll

The book is the most comprehensive account of the phonology of Danish ever published in any language. It gives a clear analysis of the sound patterns of modern Danish and examines the relations between its speech sounds and grammar. The author develops new models for the analysis of phonology and morphology-phonology interactions, and shows how these may be applied to Danish and to other languages. Danish has an unusually rich vowel system and exhibits radical reduction processes that make it difficult for foreigners to understand. The sound pattern is equally challenging for the analyst. Professor Basboll develops a non-circular model for the sonority syllable and applies it to Danish phonotactics. He presents a radically new and insightful analysis of stod, a syllable accent which has a complex grammatical distribution and is unique among the world-s languages. He also describes syllabic and word structures, and stress and intonation. The book is fully referenced and indexed. It will be widely welcomed by phonologists and scholars of Danish, and is likely to become the standard account of Danish phonology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198242680
ISBN-10: 0198242689
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 164mm x 38mm)
Pages: 624
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Hans Basboll

Hans Basboll is Professor of Scandinavian Linguistics at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. He has published extensively on Danish and general phonology. His books include, with Johannnes Wagner, Kontrastive Phonologie des Deutschen und Danischen (1985). He has served on the editorial boards of Phonology, Cognitive Linguistics, and Nordic Journal of Linguistics and directed projects on Danish children's language acquisition. In 1991 he was elected a Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.