15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Phonetic Explanation in Phonology: Overview of the Symposium

Keith Johnson, Elizabeth Hume

Ohio State University, USA

This paper is a short overview of the symposium "Case studies in phonetic explanation." Each of the participants presented a case study of a phonological pattern that one might "explain" in terms of phonetic factors, such as perception or production limitations. And then discussed whether it seems like a good idea to make the explanatory move, and what kind of phonetic/phonological theories are good at accommodating explanations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Johnson, Keith / Hume, Elizabeth (2003): "Phonetic explanation in phonology: overview of the symposium", In ICPhS-15, 359-362.