On the Subsegmental Structure of Glides and Liquids

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On the Subsegmental Structure of Glides and Liquids

Type: Research master thesis
Title: On the Subsegmental Structure of Glides and Liquids
Author: Kok, Kenneth Sean Martin de
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: glides
liquids
subsegmental structure
Element Theory
approximants
features
elements
Abstract: This thesis discusses the subsegmental structure of glides and liquids. These segments are characterised by two seemingly contrastive characteristcs: phonological uniformity and phonetic diversity. It will become apparent that these two contrastive characteristics make glides and liquids unlike other natural classes, which instead show both phonological and phonetic uniformity. This different nature of glides and liquids makes it difficult to establish which phonological features are present in the subsegmental structure of these segments, since it will be shown that features are unable to capture both the phonological uniformity and phonetic diversity at the same time. In order to overcome this problem, this thesis will argue in favour of abandoning a feature-based approach to subsegmental structure and instead resorting to an element-based approach. Unlike features, element are able to capture phonological uniformity and phonetic diversity at the same time. Moreover, it will be shown that the phonetic details and phonological behaviour of glides and liquids supports an element-based approach.
Supervisor: Botma, Bert
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Linguistics (Research master)
Specialisation: Linguistics Research
ECTS Credits: 30
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52612
 

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