Theoretical preliminaries to the synchronic analysis
Among the problems addressed in this chapter is the question of phonological (lexical and postlexical) levels of representation, and alphabets for denoting segmental and subsegmental distinctions. The phonological primes or features adopted are ‘phonological elements’ of the type applied in frameworks like dependency phonology and government phonology. These primes turn out to be useful in accounting for the extensive diphthongization which takes place, particularly in Faroese. There is a discussion of the problem of representing time and precendence in phonology, shedding light on the relation between diphthongization and quantity structure. The chapter concludes with a proposal for a framework to describe the modern diphthongal systems.
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