Universals of Sound Change in Nasalization
February 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
List of Tables.
Note on Transcription and Abbreviations.
1. Sound Change and Language Universals, Representations and Models of Change.
2. The Data Base and Language Sampling, Methodological Issues and Background.
3. Distinctive Vowel Nasalization and Rule Ordering.
4. Universal Features of Vowel Nasalization and N-Deletion: The Effect of Vowel Length, Stress and the Foot.
5. Vowel Height, Vowel Quality and the Development of Distinctive Nasalization.
6. Contextual Ordering of Distinctive Nasalization.
7. Historical Development of Nasal Consonants and the Effect of N Place on Distinctive Nasalization.
8. N-Deletion, Its Manner and Its Motivation.
9. Results and Conclusions.
* Strongly multidiscplinary: phonological and historical approach backed by the results of experimental phonetics and supported by typological evidence.
* Taps into resurgence of interest in nasality and language typology
"Prominent among recent contributions is the present work, a slightly revised version of the author's outstanding 1992 doctorial thesis...the present impeccably presented work is to be warmly welcomed as an important contribution to the field. It may be hoped that it will serve as a catalyst for further investigation both in and outside Romance." Rodney Sampson, University of Bristol