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Ken Lodge

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625659

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625659.001.0001

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Declarative Phonology: an Alternative Set of Proposals

Declarative Phonology: an Alternative Set of Proposals

(p.94) 6 Declarative Phonology: an Alternative Set of Proposals
Fundamental Concepts in Phonology

Ken Lodge

Edinburgh University Press

An alternative to the standard views of phonology is presented, to take into account the critical issues raised in the preceding chapters. Declarative phonology is polysystemic, non-segmental and abstract; it specifically excludes derivation and deletion as valid phonological mechanisms. Phonological structures are underspecified attribute-value matrices which attach to syllable structure at any level (syllable, onset, rhyme, nucleus, coda, or even higher, e.g. foot). Attribute-value matrices can be represented as underspecified tree diagrams. Phonetic implementation is exemplified and examples from Irish, Malay, German and Scots Gaelic are worked through.

Keywords:   Declarative phonology, phonetic implementation, phonological features, abstractness, attribute-value matrices, syllable structure

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