The Phonetics/Phonology Interface

Elizabeth Zsiga

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Moves beyond the basics of phonetics and phonology and investigates their interaction

  • Designed for the advanced student who wants to move beyond the basics but is not yet expert
  • Surveys both historical approaches and current theories of the phonology phonetics interface, including structuralist, derivational, and post-derivational approaches
  • Examines the roles of both articulation and perception in creating and maintaining phonological patterns
  • Includes suggestions for further readings and end-of-chapter questions for use in class discussions

Is speech in the mouth or in the brain? Do we hear with our ears or with our minds? How different can phonology and phonetics be? How similar? Where exactly does the border between them lie?

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Chapter 1. Introduction: Approaches To The Interface
1.1. 'Phonology' vs. 'Phonetics'
1.2. The Beginnings of the Dichotomy
1.3. What is 'Real'? Phonological Structure vs. Phonetic Substance
1.4. Phonetics as Linguistics: Modularity
1.5. There Is No Interface: Phonology Without Phonetics and Phonetics Without Phonology
1.6. Organization of the Book: Questions at the Phonology/Phonetics Interface
Chapter 2. Categories And Contrasts
2.1. The Delimitation of Units
2.2. Orthography: Morpheme, Syllable, Segment
2.3. Phonetic Transcription
2.4. Selecting the Inventory
2.5. The Building Blocks of Inventories: Phonetic Parameters and Phonological Features
2.6. Categories and Contrast in Signed Languages
Chapter 3. Distinctive Feature Theory
3.1. Criteria
3.2. Theories of Distinctive Features
3.3. What If There Is No Canon of Features?
Chapter 4: The Derivation
4.1 Background and Antecedents
4.2. The SPE Model
4.3. Non-Universal Phonetics
4.4. Lexical and Post-lexical Phonology
4.5. Phonological and Phonetic rules
4.6. A Porous Border?
Chapter 5: Markedness, Naturalness And Abstraction
5.1. What Is "Markedness"?
5.2. Natural and Unnatural Phonology
5.3. Optimality Theory
5.4. Phonetics in Phonology
5.5. Evolutionary Phonology
5.6. Learning Biases
5.7. Conclusion
Chapter 6. Suprasegmentals: Syllables, Stress And Phrasing
6.1 'Segmental' vs. 'Suprasegmental'
6.2. The Syllable
6.3. Stress
6.4. The Phonological Word and Phrase
Chapter 7. Intonation And Tone
7.1. The Linguistic Uses of Pitch
7.2. Intonation
7.3. Tone
Chapter 8. Articulatory Phonology
8.1. Towards an Articulatory Phonology
8.2. Gestures as Units of Contrast
8.3. Alternation as Gestural Re-organization
8.4. Is All Phonology Articulatory Phonology?
8.5. Constraining Timing Relations: Coupled Oscillators
8.6. Extending the Model
Chapter 9. Speech Perception, Exemplar Theory, And The Mental Lexicon
9.1. Hearing and Speech Perception
9.2. Speech Perception Influences Phonology
9.3. Phonology Influences Speech Perception
9.4. Units of Perception
9.5. Exemplar Theory
9.6. Perception and Representation
Chapter 10. Conclusions And Directions For Further Research
10.1. Questions and Some Possible Answers
10.2. Some Big Unanswered Questions
10.3. Directions for Future Research
10.4. Revisiting the Metaphors

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