Rejecting the phonetics/phonology split
2006 (English)In: Theoretical Linguistics, ISSN 0301-4428, Vol. 32, no 2, 237-243 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Deduce sound structure from language use. Anchor theory construction in the universal conditions under which all speech communication must take place. Start from ‘first principles’ and not circularly from the data to be explained (cf ‘markedness’). At the level of the individual user, model phonological structure, not as autonomous form, but as an emergent organization of phonetic substance acquired by each native speaker in the context of socially shared, ambient knowledge. At the population level, model this knowledge as a use- & user-dependent process that undergoes change along the historical time scale. Get rid of the distinction between “phonological” and “extra-phonological”. Here is a key step: Make the ‘intrinsic content’ an integral part of the theory from scratch. Treat ‘intrinsic content’ as the source that helps generate discrete structure and that constrains both synchronic and diachronic phonological patterning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 32, no 2, 237-243 p.
phonology as an emergent organization of phonetic substance
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-11024DiVA: diva2:177543