The Phonology of English: A Prosodic Optimality-Theoretic Approach
This text offers an approach to English phonology which focuses on the prosody of the language, ie syllable and foot structure, and does so from an ... Show synopsis This text offers an approach to English phonology which focuses on the prosody of the language, ie syllable and foot structure, and does so from an optimality-theoretic (OT) perspective. The emphasisis on surface distributional regularities and the results presented are based on extensive searches through various computerized lexicons. The outcome is a number of new generalizations about the phonology of English, along with confirmation of some familiar regularities. All of these empirical results are discussed in detail and presented in extensive charts with a plethora of examples. The text also offers an OT analysis. This provides an introduction to the intricacies of the theory as applied to a significant amount of data. A number of theoretical proposals are developed in this model, and the analysis presents the idea that certain complex constraints and their ranking can be derived in restricted ways from more basic constraints. In addition, the book also develops the idea that syllables of English can contain from zero to three moras.