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Principles of Radical CV Phonology: A Theory of Segmental and Syllabic Structure

Harry van der Hulst


Based on 30 years of research, this book presents a theory about the ‘speech sounds’ that occur in human spoken and signed languages. A central task is to identify the ultimate elements that speech sounds consist of. Van der Hulst proposes a radical theory that recognizes only two elements: |C| and |V|. Based on a small set of first principles, the book explains what is a possible speech sound, providing explicit structures for all speech sounds that occur in the world’s languages, with numerous examples from hundreds of languages. It also deals with the organization of speech sounds in syllab ... More

Keywords: Features, segmental structure, syllable structure, dependency phonology, government phonology, elements, sign language phonology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474454667
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454667.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry van der Hulst, author
University of Connecticut