A Unified Approach to Nasality and Voicing (Studies in Generative Grammar [SGG] 65)
By: Kuniya Nasukawa (author)Mixed Media
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This book makes an important contribution to the expanding body of work in generative phonology which aims to reduce the number of traditionally recognized melodic categories in order to achieve a greater degree of restrictiveness. By analyzing data from a large number of different languages, Nasukawa establishes a clear affinity between nasality and voicing, and demonstrates the advantages of treating these two properties as different phonetic manifestations of a single nasal-voice category. The choice of whether to interpret this category as voicing or nasality is determined by the active or inactive status of a complement tier. This study deepens our understanding of the typological relation between nasality and voicing, and sheds new light on a number of related agreement phenomena.
Kuniya Nasukawa is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan.
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