Generative Phonology: Description and Theory

  title={Generative Phonology: Description and Theory},
  author={Michael J. Kenstowicz and Charles W. Kisseberth},
Preliminaries Phological Rules and Representations Alternations Phonological Sketches Evidence and Motivation The Problem of Abstractness The Representation of Sounds Rule Interaction Notation The Role of Syntax and the Lexicon in Phonology References Language Index Subject Index 

Auditory Representations in Phonology

The Dispersion Theory of Contrast is applied as a guide to ways of Maximizing Distinctiveness and Minimization of Allomorphy in the context of discrete-vowel replacement.

Consonant cluster phonotactics : a perceptual approach

Thesis (Ph.D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, 2000.

The balance of representation and computation in Interface

The purpose is to call an "interface phenomenon" a phonological phenomenon that has an extraphonological conditioning and to propose a new approach to interface dualism.

An introduction to phonology

This chapter discusses phonology in the wider context with a focus on the role of stress and intonation in the development of language.

Regular Models of Phonological Rule Systems

This paper shows in detail how this framework applies to ordered sets of context-sensitive rewriting rules and also to grammars in Koskenniemi's two-level formalism.

Gradience and categoricality in phonological theory

This chapter discusses the assumptions generative phonology and its direct successors (including Optimality Theory) have made about the role of gradience, and presents data supporting or contradicting these assumptions, and discusses new models accounting for the conflicting data.


  • Linguistics
  • 2012
This paper examines the implications of a strong homology between the operations of phonology and syntax, taking as its starting point the Agree operation proposed to hold in phonology by Nevins

Lexical and postlexical phonology in optimality theory: Evidence from Japanese

It is suggested that, within a given grammar, ranking differences between the lexical and the postlexical systems are tightly restricted, perhaps limited to lexical demotions of contextual markedness and faithfulness.



The Syllable in Phonological Theory

The syllable is an important phonological unit that must be formally defined within generative phonology. Evidence from Spanish, German, and other languages shows that a syllable boundary is

The Sound Pattern of English

Since this classic work in phonology was published in 1968, there has been no other book that gives as broad a view of the subject, combining generally applicable theoretical contributions with

Redundancy Rules in Phonology

This work contains a discussion of redundancy rules and the role they play in the phonological component of a generative grammar. Phonological redundancy rules were first given a clear theoretical