ERIC Number: ED102816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Productivity of Vowel Alternation in English Derived Forms. Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 5, No. 6.
Steinberg, Danny D.; Krohn, Robert K.
This paper examines the validity of aspects of Chomsky and Halle's analysis of English phonology, specifically regarding rules for vowel alternation in base and derived forms. The paper describes an aural and an orthographic experiment eliciting the production of novel forms from a base form. Results showed no vowel alternation in 90 percent of subject responses, therefore seemingly refuting Chomsky and Halle's statement that the native speaker of English has internalized a Vowel Shift Rule. These results hold implications for Chomsky and Halle's views on Universal Phonetic Representation, English orthography, speech and reading processes, and for the teaching of phonology and reading. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Dept. of Linguistics.