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From Sound to Meaning in Context

Studies in Honour of Piotr Ruszkiewicz

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Alicja Witalisz

This volume is a collection of papers approaching the phenomenon of language from a variety of perspectives. Scholars in phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, historical linguistics and translation studies share the results of their research. They invite the reader on a journey into the multifaceted and complex world of human language, moving from the study of sound through the description of structure to the analysis of meaning. The volume has been brought together to honour Professor Piotr Ruszkiewicz from the Institute of Modern Languages of the Pedagogical University of Cracow, a linguist and academic lecturer.
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Vocalic Double Agents in the Phonological System of South Welsh: Anita Buczek-Zawiła

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Vocalic Double Agents in the Phonological System of South Welsh1

Anita Buczek-Zawila

Pedagogical University of Cracow

1. Introduction

The considerations in this paper arose as a side-effect of a closer investigation into the vocalic and prosodic system of Welsh,2 but have been inspired by the idea expressed in Gussmann (2001, 2002) that certain phonetic segments may lead (phonological) double lives and have “double identity”. The concept of the ‘double agent’ that he introduces refers to cases where different phonological representations are articulated and perceived (which reads: manifested) as the same physical or phonetic object, and this results in a kind of phonological double identity of those “misbehaving” segments. Consequently, there is nothing in the phonetic configuration of the segment(s) itself which would disclose the phonological difference and status. This phonological difference, however, is evident from the regular different patterning these segments assume, both in regular phonological as well as morphological contexts. Needless to say, different phonological representations of a segment can only be defined within the phonology of a given language (Gussmann 2001: 230).

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