The phonological representation and distribution of vowel in SENĆOŦEN (Saanich)

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dc.contributor.author Leonard, Janet
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-29T19:22:25Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-29T19:22:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-01-29
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/10563
dc.description.abstract This dissertation provides the first comprehensive analysis of the phonology of vowels in SENĆOŦEN (Salish). Evidence from various phonological and phonetic phenomena are brought together to support a proposal that there are two types of phonological vowels in SENĆOŦEN (full vowels versus schwa). Understanding the phonological representations and distributions of these two types of vowels contributes a unique perspective on how words are built in the language. The study contributes to linguistic theory by showing how the interplay between faithfulness to morphological form and markedness conditions on ideal surface prosodic shape triggers a series of vowel processes, such as deletion, epenthesis, harmony and reduction, which make it difficult to trace back to the original morphological form. In taking steps towards unraveling the complicated interaction between morphology and phonology in the language and providing insights crucial to an understanding of the underlying forms of roots and suffixes, the dissertation contributes to pedagogy by making it easier for language learners to figure out for themselves how words are related to one another. The dissertation is organized into seven chapters. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the language situating it within the context of research on other Salish languages. Chapter 2 lays out the theoretical assumptions about SENĆOŦEN that are adopted in this dissertation. Chapter 3 argues for a phonological contrast between two types of vowels in SENĆOŦEN and argues against the notion that consonants bear phonological weight in SENĆOŦEN. Chapter 4 presents a preliminary acoustic analysis of vowel length and quality. Chapter 5 argues that syllables in SENĆOŦEN are basically simple and that the phonological environments when they are not simple are highly constrained and predictable. Chapter 6 argues that patterns of zero-schwa alternations found in complex morphological structures are accounted for by wellformed foot structure. Chapter 7 is a conclusion. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject SENĆOŦEN en_US
dc.subject Saanich en_US
dc.subject Salish en_US
dc.subject Phonology en_US
dc.subject Schwa en_US
dc.subject Vowels en_US
dc.subject Word Structure en_US
dc.subject Sound Structure en_US
dc.title The phonological representation and distribution of vowel in SENĆOŦEN (Saanich) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa
dc.contributor.supervisor Urbanczyk, Suzanne C.
dc.degree.department Department of Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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