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Formal Phonology

1st Edition

By András Kornai


227 pages

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This work, first published in 1995, is primarily addressed to phonologists interested in speech and to speech engineers interested in phonology, two groups of people with very different expectations about what constitutes a convincing, rigorous study. The subject matter, the application of autosegmental theory for Markov modeling, is technical, but not really esoteric – autosegmental theory is at the core of contemporary phonology and Markov models are the main tool of speech recognition. Therefore, it is hoped that anyone interested in at least one of these two fields will be able to follow the presentation.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Acknowledgments; 1. Autosegmental Representations 2. Rules 3. Duration 4. Synchronization 5. Structured Markov Models; Index of Definitions; Index of Authors

About the Author

Andras Kornai is a mathematical linguist. Besides phonology, he studied the formal theory of syntax, particularly finite automata and X-bar theory, and formal semantics, with emphasis on lexical semantics. His new textbook, Semantics, is forthcoming with Springer, where his previous monograph, Mathematical Linguistics, was published in 2007. Kornai is a professor at the Department of Algebra, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and a member of Academia Europaea. His homepage is at

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Phonetics and Phonology

This set of 23 volumes, originally published between 1952 and 1996, amalgamates a wide breadth of research on the subject of phonetics and phonology, including studies on the axiomatic method, nonlinear phonology, and prosodic phonology. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of language and linguistics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General