Phonological Foundations: English(1996)


Scholars Press (Nig) Ltd, Uyo

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
GENERAL INTRODUCTION
      01 The Task and the Objective
      02 English: The Variety Involved
      03 The Text

PART ONE: SEGMENTAL PHONOLOGY SUBSTANCE
      1 THE PATTERNING OF SEGMENTAL PHENOMENA IN ENGLISH
      1.1 Foundation/Realities
      1.2 Grouping of the Basic Sounds in English
      1.2.1 Grouping of Vowels
      1.2.1.1 Reflections and Further Grouping
      1.2.2 Grouping of Consonants
      1.3 Distribution of the Basic Sounds
      1.3.1 Distribution - The Coverage
      1.3.2 Distribution -.Specific Issues in Phonology
      1.3.2.1 Paradigmatic Distribution
      1.3.2.2 Syntagmatic Distribution
      1.3.2.3 Complementary Distribution
      1.3.2.4 Free Variation
      1.3.2.5 Distributional Equivalence
      1.3.2.6 Distributional Inclusion
      1.3.2.7 Overlapping Distribution
      1.4 Distinctive Features of the Basic Sounds
      1.5 The Phonotactics of English
      1.6 Review Questions

      2 SOUND CHANGE
      2.1 Preliminary Comments
      2.2 Diachronic Sound Change
      2.2.1 Historical Hints
      2.2.2 Specific Changes: Old English to Modern English
      2.2.3 The Great Vowel Shift
      2.3 Synchronic Sound Change
      2.3.1 Phonological Conditioned Sound Change
      2.3.2 Assimilation and Similitude
      2.3.2.1 Progressive Assimilation
      2.3.2.2 Regressive Assimilation
      2.3.2.3 Homorganic Assimilation
      2.3.2.4 Similitude
      2.3.4 Historical Assimilation
      2.4 Weakening
      2.5 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHAPTER2

PART TWO: NONSEGMENTAL PHONOLOGY
      SUBSTANCE
        3. INTONATION
        3.1 Variations of Pitch in Natural Languages
        3.2 Intonation in English: Key Notions and Variability
        3.3 The Approach
        3.4 Intonation in English: Patterns and Functions
        3.4.1 Categories of Intonation
        3.4.2 The Falling Pattern
        3.4.3 Tag Questions
        3.4.4 The Rising Pattern
        3.5 Halliday's System of Intonation
        3.6 Review Questions
        NOTES TO CHAPTER3

      4 THE SYLLABLE IN ENGLISH
      4.1 The Syllable: Explications
      4.2 The Syllable in English: Its Structure
      4.3 Syllable Juncture
      4.4 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHAPTER4

      5 ACCENTUATION AND RHYTHM
      5.1 Accentuation
      5.2 Accentuation and Accent
      5.3 Accentuation and Stress
      5.4 Accentuation in English: A Guide on Words in Isolation
      5.5 Accentuation of Words in Connected Speech
      5.6 The Rhythm of English
      5.7 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHAPTER5

PART THREE: SUPPLEMENTS SUBSTANCE
      6 PHONOLOGICAL UNIVERSALS AND THEORIES
      6.1 The Focus
      6.2 The Broad View of Universals
      6.3 Phonological Universals
      6.4 Phonological Theories
      6.4.1 Generative Phonology
      6.4.2 Natural Generative Phonology
      6.4.3 Natural Phonology
      6.4.4 Atomic Phonology
      6.4.5 Autosegmental Phonology
      6.4.6 Prosodic Theory
      6.4.7 Metrical Theory
      6.5 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHAPTER6
      REFERENCES
      INDEX

Phonological Foundations: English deals with segmental and nonsegmental features of English. It is written in a highly simplified manner for the purpose of encouraging a maximum of understanding by students/general readers with or without any previous knowledge of the phonology of English. For advanced students, the book promises to be a rich store phonological sign-posts for further progress.

For universities, polytechnics and colleges of education generally and for those in the departments of English, Linguistics, Communication Arts, Theatre Arts and Education specifically, the book promises to be an invaluable source of information.



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