The project investigates the boundary conditions of phonetics and phonology. Is phonology autonomous? Or is phonology grounded in phonetics? The interaction between vowel quality and tonal quality in tone languages is the empirical domain for a renewed version of autonomous phonology. Vowels and tones are on independent planes but can indirectly influence each other through the mediation of syllable structure. An important prediction of the proposal is that all processes of tone-vowel interaction are in fact decomposable into two independent processes: one relating vowels and syllables, another relating tones and syllables.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/04 → 1/01/10|