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1st Edition

The Historical Phonology of Vowel Length

ISBN 9781138989429
Published November 23, 2015 by Routledge
360 Pages

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Book Description

Data from a variety of languages are offered in support of the claim that although there are several processes by which languages commonly add to an already existing stock of long vowels, there is only one mechanism by which a language without a distinction of vocalic length commonly introduces such a distinction. This mechanism is the coalescence of vowel sequences, typically after loss of intervocalic consonants. This book examines vowels lengths, their differences and their effects on language.

Table of Contents

1. The Origins of Distinctive Vowel Length  2. Syllable and Mora as Units in Verse and Accentuation  3. Compensatory Lengthening  4. Compensatory Lengthening as Assimilation  5. Conclusion: Vowel Length and Syllable Structure

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