Conditions on Phonological Government

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 252 pages
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This is the first extended study written within the framework of phonological government. Following the presentation of main aspects of this theory, the process of vowel-zero alternations is addressed and analyzed together with the idea that phonological processes are determined by principles of Universal Grammar along with parameters that distinguish languages. Vowel-zero alternations are investigated in terms of proper government of empty nuclei, which receive no phonetic interpretation when properly governed. Dr. Charette also considers the constraints on proper government, and argues for their derivation resulting from conflict among different grammatical parameters.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 A theory of government inphonology
5
2 The emuet in French1
28
3 Earlier treatments of schwa
38
4 An analysis of schwa in terms ofgovernment
68
5 Licence to govern
97
6 Wordfinal empty nucle
119
7 Compounds and phrases
143
8 The alternation between schwazero and ?
172
9 Miscellaneous issues
196
Conclusion
206
Notes
209
References
225
Index
231
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