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Some Aspects of Naturalness and Abstractness in Phonology

Abstract : The object of investigation in this dissertation is essentially French phonology, and in particular the proper description and treatment of some well-known phenomena or processes which have often attracted the attention of linguists, such as : alternations between ‘zero’ and a word-final consonant, liaison, the status of nasalized vowels, the status of schwa, H aspiré. Data from many other languages are also examined in a comparative approach. The central topic of the thesis is the degree of abstractness of underlying representations. It is presupposed that these representations are a simulation of what is stored in speakers’ minds. It is also assumed that the psycholinguistic validity of the model should be confirmed by substantive or external evidence. The formal apparatus of generative phonology is adopted, but is also criticized; a set of principles are put forward so as to constrain the model and disallow overly abstract rules and representations, guarantee the naturalness of rules and, consequently, a realistic theoretical framework.
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Jean-Philippe Watbled. Some Aspects of Naturalness and Abstractness in Phonology. Linguistics. University of Bath, 1987. English. ⟨tel-03158753⟩



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