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By N. E. Collinge

ISBN-10: 0415020646

ISBN-13: 9780415020640

* Examines how language works, accounting for its nature, its use, its learn and its history
* accomplished indexes of themes and Technical phrases, and Names
* conscientiously illustrated to give an explanation for key issues within the text

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A . mi/. As implied in the first paragraph above, words can be broken down into morphemes as well as into syllables. It is important to note that the two types of subdivision do not lead to the same results. g. goodness is good-ness from both points of view), significant differences occur. g. g. g. mistake is morphologically mis+take (cf. 2 above). In certain other languages, the principles for morphemic division differ from those for syllabic division even more strikingly than they do in English.

2 Differences between varieties of the same language So far we have been speaking of alternations between forms in the same variety of a language. However, as our remarks above on the pronunciation of l in different varieties of English begin to suggest, the situation becomes much more complex when we compare different regional or social accents. While not all speakers can consistently reproduce accents in their own speech, the overwhelming majority of speakers are able to understand a very wide range of regional and social varieties.

For an indication of the kinds of information that have been used in such phonological descriptions, see Postal (1968: chapter 6). The difficulty with treating phonology as purely interpretative in this way, however, is that it becomes impossible to account satisfactorily for the behaviour of the larger phonological units, which are essentially independent of syntax and morphology (see section 7 below). 28 LANGUAGE AS ORGANISED SOUND 6. 2 above) is to establish a single common base form from which all occurring forms of a morpheme may be derived.

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