Phonology

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    Abstract

    This report deliberately does not cover a number of central topics in the current debate on phonological theory (such as psychological reality, phonological universals and language acquisition) which were treated in some depth in symposia at the congress. In section 1.1, it is claimed that there still exists a broad “school” of generative phonology in some sort of sociological sense (built upon shared references, etc.), although scholars belonging to this “school” certainly differ in fundamental ways with respect to basic assumptions. Within this broad “school” a “formal” and a “substance-based” trend is distinguished (section 1.2). Within both of these trends, phonologists tend to work towards less abstract analyses (section 1.3), and generative phonologists seem to agree that rules belong to several functionally different types (section 1.4). In section 2, some metatheoretical issues are discussed, departing from Lass' Popperian statements on linguistics as metaphysics. In section 3.1, the so-called autosegmental and non-segmental phonology is considered. In the remainder of section 3, a number of issues involving distinctive features, markedness and archi-segments are briefly touched upon.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftLanguage and Speech
    Vol/bind23
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)91-113
    ISSN0023-8309
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1980

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