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ERIC Number: ED091943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 26
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Generative Phonology: The Basic Model.
Wolfram, Walt
The term generative phonolgy refers to statements, rules or axioms which can produce all but only those well-formed utterances of a language. The goal of this theory is to make precise and explicit the ability of native speakers to produce utterances of a particular language. In generative phonology, the level of the phoneme is redefined to match the deeper level of abstraction aimed for in the most efficient conception of phonological processes. It is the task of the phonological rules to account for the predictable aspects of pronunciation whether they relate to alternate pronunciations of the same basic morpheme or different phonetic forms that a sound can take. These rules, made to look like "mathematical formulas," provide an explicit means of capturing the general principles of various phonological processes: 1) assimilation, 2) neutralization, 3) deletion, 4) coalescence, 5) epenthesis, and 6) redistribution. The incorporation of distinctive features into a generative phonology allows the linguist to state explicitly important generalizations about the phonology of a language. (PM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Preconvention Workshop on "Linguistics and Reading: Theory into Practice," International Reading Association (May, 1974)