PDF | On Jan 1, , Piotr Gąsiorowski and others published Review of Katamba, Francis. An introduction to phonology. An Introduction to Phonology has 29 ratings and 3 reviews. This is a practical introduction to generative phonology for the novice, reflecting the trends. An introduction to phonological theory placed within the framework of recent mainstream generative phonology. The book is divided into two.

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The chart is provided so introductiion you can refer back to it when- ever you encounter unfamiliar phonetic symbols in the course of reading this book.

It is important to describe how the air is set in motion and the direction in which it travels because that makes a difference in the sound produced. Phonologically, however, this kind of low level detail is overlooked. How is linguistic knowledge acquired by infants? But the fact that these propositions about how speech works are left implicit does not make them any less influential in moulding adults’ perception of the nature of their language. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Introduction to Phonology : Francis Katamba :

Books by Francis Katamba. But they are not functionally different in English. It is only meant to show some of the commonest assimilation processes found in the languages of the world. The advantage of having assimilation is that it results in smoother, more effortless, more economical transitions from one sound to another.

Indeed, native speakers, if they are literate in an alphabetic writing system, can usually determine without any difficulty, the ‘distinct’ sounds which a word consists of. Examples of nasalised vowels V are the sound [e] and [a] in the Phojology words [pe] pain ‘bread’ and [mama] maman ‘mum’.

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Thus, in French, the vowel in words like tu, vu and lu which is represented by the phonetic symbol [y] is both front and round. It is not phonemic.

Nitroduction defined the phoneme as ‘a mental reality, as the inten- tion of the speaker or the impression of the hearer or both’ Twaddell Not only do they sound different, they also mean different things. The soft pphonology and the back of the tongue are the ini- tiators of the movement of air and the direction of the airflow is inward.


University of Western Australia Library. The chances of such an arbitrary nasalisation rule existing in any language are extremely remote. The forms in [2. The abstractness of underlying representations 9. The upshot of this discussion is that one important aspect of linguistic knowledge is the knowledge of the func- tional phonological units which occur in one’s language – the knowledge of the segments which can be arranged in different patterns to form words.

Furthermore, the fact that the vocal organs are controlled by muscles rather than clicking mechanical ratchets, means that speech sounds or, to be precise, the separate articulatory gestures of which speech sounds are composed are much more similar to colours which shade into each other gradually than to chemical elements which are sharply, discretely different.

The symbol for this vowel is [ai]. I quote Halle and Clements This was done by pushing the phonemicist’s principle of distinctiveness to its logical conclusion: You have jntroduction access to a digital product.

In each column your tongue is high when you say the vowel in the first word on the list and gets progressively lower as you work your way through the list. But even if this were the correct analysis, using the feature [tense] to subsume length would be questionable where differences in duration involve consonants since the feature [tense] is meant to specify vowels only.

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Before attempting this question read [5. Phnoology, for several reasons, from a functional point of view, the fiction of discrete speech segments with which the last chapter ended is worth clinging to. The term speech sound has been used advisedly since not all noises which we are capable of producing with our vocal apparatus are employed in speech: Develop websites just for your course, acting as a bespoke ‘one-stop shop’ for you and your students to access eBooks, MyLab or Mastering courses, videos and your own original material.


In words like way [wei] and why [wai] the vowel sound has two distinct vowel qualities, a fact phonolofy is reflected in this case in the way in which the two phases of the sound are transcribed.

The consonants in the suffixes -s, -z, -iz; -t, -d, -id that figure in English voice assimilation are either frica- tives or stops.

Introduction to Phonology

This is the space between the vocal cords. Naturalness and strength 7. Pick and choose content from one or more texts plus carefully-selected third-party content, and combine it into a bespoke book, unique to your course. Examples discussed in the text are written in italics.

But even the three phonetic symbols [k c t] do no more than crudely indicate three broad areas at which the tongue may make contact with the roof of the mouth.

Follow the example which is given, e. In Siriono there are no voiced alveolar, velar and palatalised francks stops corre- sponding to voiceless stops at these places of articulation. The effect of the ktamba is that the velar consonant is made partly in the palatal region.

Pearson – Introduction to Phonology – Francis Katamba

Unfortunately, I cannot evaluate on whether it is outdated or not, but surely the major aspects of Phonology haven’t changed much since it was written. The pairs in [2. Phonetics in some form is usually one of the subjects studied at drama school.

The phonetic cause of voice assimilation is well-under- stood. In addition, in some languages, e. Many other languages, such as Spanish, Czech, Burmese, and Swahili, distinguish three degrees of aperture and have a five-member vowel system. You might indeed be tempted to look up bintlement in a good English dictionary – but not the other nonsense words. Becoming literate involves, among other things, mastering one particular rough-and-ready scheme of analysis for the phonetics of a given language.