By Mirco Ghini
Drawing on a twin services of infrequent depth, Mirco Ghini's ebook is an important contribution to either Romance dialectology and phonological idea. It provides a finished account of the segmental and metrical phonology of the Ligurian dialect of the village of Miogliola, North-west Italy. according to the author's personal fieldwork, it's the first in-depth examine of this sector, additionally tracing its improvement from Latin. characteristic project, underspecification, and volume alternations are such a lot favourite one of the normal theoretical matters on which the details of Miogliola phonology, meticuously analysed, are dropped at undergo with splendor and strength.
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4. Continuous dichotomy and feature assignment ordering Given the assumption that all redundant features are unspecified, the question arises how redundancies are established. This question is not at all a trivial one. I assign features to the distinctive sounds of a language via a strictly binary procedure which mirrors the way distinctive features are acquired, namely through a series of successive binary fissions (Jakobson and Halle 1956). The algorithm in (15) expresses this idea. (15) Continuous Dichotomy Hypothesis (Dresher, Piggott, and Rice 1994: x) a.
There is much consensus in the literature about place and laryngeal features acting as a class. This is reflected in the Feature Geometry tree in (11), where these features are dependent of the organizing nodes PLACE and LARYNGEAL. A S for the features [Lateral], [Nasal], and [Continuant] they are directly dependent on the root node, which bears information on the consonantal and sonorancy status of the segment. Proposals have been made according to which these features are dependent on organizing nodes, too.
Place of articulation is here disregarded. However, it is quite clear from the data available that place of articulation is acquired before continuancy. The first syllable shape is CV. At this stage the place of articulation oppositions in the adult's forms are kept (although the vowels may spread place onto the consonants ι Fikkert, personal communication), whereas only stops can occur as consonants: there are no nasals, no liquids, and no fricatives. This stage is shown in (19) and refers to Jarmo's speech production.
Asymmetries in the Phonology of Miogliola by Mirco Ghini