Spanish Phonology offers a comprehensive analysis of a variety of crucial issues in the phonology and morphophonology of various dialects of Spanish including syllable types, syllabification algorithms, syllable repair mechanisms, syllable mergers, nasal assimilation, obstruent vocalization and spirantization, obstruent neutralization, diphthongs and hiatuses, glide formation, onset strengthening, aspiration, rhotics, velarization, plural formation, word classes, and diminutives. Written from the perspective of optimality theory and with syllabic structure at its core, this volume highlights recent advances in Spanish phonology. The book includes margin notes to highlight key points and a glossary of constraints. Each chapter includes study questions, lists of the most influential sources for each chapter, and topics for further research. Spanish Phonology is intended as core reading for advanced phonology courses in Spanish linguistics, general linguistics, and related areas such as bilingualism, language variation, language acquisition, and speech and hearing.
Sonia Colina is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. She is coeditor of Optimality-Theoretic Studies in Spanish Phonology and author of Translation Teaching: From Research to the Classroom.
1. Introduction 2. Syllable Types and Phonotactics 3. Syllabification Across Words 4. The Syllable and Morphological Constituents 5. Repair Mechanisms and Structure Improvement: Epenthesis and Deletion 6. Conclusion A. Glossary of Constraints B. Summary of Constraint Rankings References
An excellent and original contribution to the field of Spanish phonology... A versatile work which may be utilized in a variety of academic contexts since it provides many resources for students and professors to bridge the gaps in needed areas. Hispania
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