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Author Nathan, Geoffrey S.
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Publisher Universidad de Murcia
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Date Created 2012-07-07
Copyright Year ©2006
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) PE1-3729 ♦ PR1-9680
Subject Keyword Usage-based theories ♦ History of phonology ♦ English literature ♦ Natural phonology ♦ Language and Literature ♦ English language ♦ Phonemic processing
Abstract After a brief review of the history of the phoneme, from its origins in the nineteenth century to Optimality Theory, including some Cognitive Linguists’ views of the concept. I argue that current ‘usage-based’ theorists views of the phoneme may not be able to explain some facts about how naïve speakers process language, both consciously and subconsciously. These facts include the invention of and worldwide preference for alphabetic writing systems, and language processing evidence provided by Spoonerisms, historical sound changes affecting all (or most) lexical items in a language and each other, and the fact that allophonic processes normally do not show lexical conditioning. I further suggest that storing speech in terms of a small number of production/perception units such as phonemes could be due to the fact that phonemes seem to optimize both efficiency and informativeness in much the same way as other basic-level categories.
ISSN 19896131
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2006-12-01
e-ISSN 15787044
Journal International Journal of English Studies (IJES)
Volume Number 6
Issue Number 2
Page Count 32
Starting Page 141
Ending Page 172


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