First published in 1994. This study aims to provide evidence for the natural class of sounds comprised of front vowels, front glides and coronal consonants. The author also shows that a revised definition of the articulator feature [coronal] properly characterises this natural class of sounds. The study provides a formal representation of front vowels and coronal consonants and their interaction within a nonlinear model of feature organisation. This title will be of interest to students of language and linguistics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Phonetic Correlates of [Coronal] 3. The Feature Specification of Coronals 4. The Nonlinear Organization of Consonant and Vowel Features 5. Consonant-to-Front Vowel Assimilation 6. Maltese Arabic 7. Coronal Vowel and Consonants Parallelisms in Maltese Arabic 8. Conclusion; References; Index
Elizabeth Valerie Hume (born 29 October 1956) is a Professor of Linguistics at University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Hume received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1992 and was a Professor of Linguistics at the Ohio State University from 1992 to 2011. She is an associate editor of Phonology from 2008 to the present. Her fields of research are sound systems of human language, factors influencing language variation and change, and the role of information and predictability in shaping language systems.