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Sonority in Natural Language: A Review

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1. Title Title of document Sonority in Natural Language: A Review - Challenging Sonority
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Joan Rahilly; School of English Queen's University Belfast; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) Natural language; hierarchies; sequencing; violation; markedness; Optimality Theory
6. Description Abstract This chapter offers a critical overview of the core principles in sonority theory, and considers a range of current and influential studies which draw upon sonority to explain phonological behaviour. The underlying argument is that sonority-driven accounts have tended to oversimplify accounts of phonological patterns, by dividing sequences of sounds into those which observe a sonority hierarchy and those which do not, and offering a general categorisation of markedness for the latter category. With reference to natural language, and to speech acquisition and disorder in particular, the advantages and disadvantages of a sonority-based approach will be demonstrated. It will be shown that there is a need to problematize sonority, given its inability to account in a consistent fashion for non-normal yet regular patterns in speech. The chapter concludes by suggesting an analytic framework within which sonority can be accommodated alongside more revelatory approaches.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Oct-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.25667
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Challenging Sonority
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) global
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