Introduction to Natural Phonology

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Introduction to Natural Phonology

July 6-10, 2009
Porto, Portugal
João Veloso

This course will be an introduction to the main ideas of Natural Phonology, a theory first proposed by David Stampe (1969, 1979), and later developed by Stampe and Donegan (1978, 1979, 1983, 2004) and Donegan (1993, 1995, 1996, etc.). Reference will be made, whenever appropriate, to other followers of the theory, like Churma, Dressler, Dziubalska, Hurch, Nathan, Rhodes, and Wojcik.

Each day will consist of a theoretical presentation, followed by practical exercises of phonological analysis. Basque will be the first source of empirical data, but English, French and Spanish will also be considered (apart from occasional examples from other languages). Such analysis will then be applied to topics of Portuguese phonology selected by students and studied in class together with the instructor of the course.

Reading material and texts for discussion will be provided whenever necessary.

Price and application. Students: 30 euros; Others: 60 euros

1st Day- The Living Sound Pattern of Language
Introduction to Natural Phonology
Workshop Subject: What a Phonological Process Is

2nd Day- Language Acquisition as Process Suppression
Some Thoughts on Bilingual Acquisition
Workshop Subject: The Analysis of Fortitions and Lenitions

3rd Day – The Phoneme
Paradigmatic Processes, the Phonetic Motivation Of
Phoneme Inventories (E.G. The Vowel System of Basque, Spanish, French, or Portuguese)
Workshop Subject: Allophonic and Phonemic Substitutions

4th Day – Phonostylistic and Other Non-Obligatory Substitutions
When Phonetics Is Not the Issue: Morpho(no)logy
Workshop Subject: Processes vs. Rules

5th Day- Prosody as the Main Factor
Prosodic Processes. Morphoprosody.
Workshop Subject: Basque, Portuguese, Spanish from the Point of View of a Holistic Typology

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