Modeling phonologization : vowel reduction and epenthesis in Lunigiana dialects

Leiden Repository

Modeling phonologization : vowel reduction and epenthesis in Lunigiana dialects

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Modeling phonologization : vowel reduction and epenthesis in Lunigiana dialects
Author: Cavirani, Edoardo
Publisher: LOT : Utrecht
Issue Date: 2015-03-24
Keywords: Phonologization
Phonological Theory
Optimality Theory
Colour Containment Theory
Epenthesis
Dialectology
Abstract: Building upon wave-theoretic assumptions, this dissertation provides a formal description of the relationship between diatopic/diachronic micro-variation and phonologization. In particular, an analysis is performed of the phonetic/phonological properties of unstressed vowel reduction and vowel insertion in two Northern Italian dialects: Carrarese and Pontremolese. These dialects are argued to represent two frozen stages of these processes’ diffusion, Carrarese representing the diachronic stage Pontremolese has already gone through. Indeed, Pontremolese displays non-etymological vocoids that show the phonetic and phonological characteristics of epenthetic vowels and that, crucially, can be considered the phonologized correlates of Carrarese’s intrusive vocoids. These, in turn, should be rather considered articulatory/perceptually driven vowel-like releases. A formal account of this diatopic, diachronic and grammatical relationship is given that supports a modular grammar architecture, in which phonetics and phonology constitute two autonomous modules. Within such an architecture, the lateral forces (government and licensing) developed by standard Government Phonology are translated into violable constraints and inserted in a BiPhon grammar. In this optimality-theoretic grammar, the phonetics-phonology interface is managed by a set of cue constraints that map acoustic dimensions (formant structures) onto phonological primitives (elements). Furthermore, to integrate morphological information in the phonological forms, the Coloured Containment Theory is resorted to.
Description: Promotores: M. van Oostendorp, G. Marotta, R. D'Alessandro
With Summary in Dutch
Also: Doctoral Thesis University of Pisa, Italy
Faculty: Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen
Citation: Cavirani, E., 2015, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University & University of Pisa
Series/Report no.: LOT Dissertation Series;384
ISBN: 9789460931666
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/32587
 

Files in this item

Description Size View
application/pdf Full Text 7.522Mb View/Open
application/pdf Cover 129.4Kb View/Open
application/pdf Title Pages_Contents_Acknowledgements 207.1Kb View/Open
application/pdf Chapter 1 265.8Kb View/Open
application/pdf Part I: Chapter 2 1.785Mb View/Open
application/pdf Part I: Chapter 3 667.5Kb View/Open
application/pdf Part II: Chapter 4 255.9Kb View/Open
application/pdf Part II: Chapter 5 1.109Mb View/Open
application/pdf Part III: Chapter 6 868.7Kb View/Open
application/pdf Part III: Chapter 7 1.508Mb View/Open
application/pdf Part III: Chapter 8 346.0Kb View/Open
application/pdf Appendix_Abbreviations_References 1.949Mb View/Open
application/pdf Summary in Dutch 592.6Kb View/Open
application/pdf Curriculum Vitae 135.7Kb View/Open
application/pdf Propositions 227.9Kb View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)