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Description - An Effort Based Approach to Consonant Lenition by Robert Kirchner

This book presents a formal characterization of lenition processes and identifies the environments in which they typically occur. The author presents a unified approach to consonant lenition, wherein particular lenition patterns arise from Optimality Theoretic conflict between a principle of effort minimisation and faithfulness to auditory features, in combination with (perceptually based) fortition constraints. The approach is illustrated with case studies of lenition in Tumpisa Shoshone and Florentine Italian. This book represents a significant contribution to the current debate on the role of phonetic optimalisation in phonological theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415937436
ISBN-10: 0415937434
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert Kirchner

Robert Kirchner earned his PHD from UCLA and is currently Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Alberta.

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