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Leath, Helen Lang, English Phonology without Underlying
Glides. Doctor of Philosophy (English), May, 1979, 126 pp.,
5 illustrations, bibliography, 26 titles.
This dissertation demonstrates that the optimal account
of English phonology denies phonemic status to oral glides.
That is, it shows that all instances of phonetic [y] and [w]
are predictable by rule. These occurrences include the
following: formative initial glides, such as those in yet and
wet; post-consonant, pre-vocalic [w] in such forms as quit,
guava, and white and post-consonant, pre-vocalic [y] in such
forms as cute, few, million, onion, and champion; the [y]
following the tense vowels in bite, beet, bate, and boy and
the [w] following the tense vowels in bout, boot, boat, cute,
and few; and, finally, the post-vocalic centering glide [h]
in spa, cloth, beer [bihr], and bear.
A contribution to the study of the linguistic structure
of English, this work is set within the theoretical framework
of transformational-generative phonology as defined by Chomsky
and Halle's 1968 monograph The Sound Pattern of English (SPE).
In addition to the SPE principles of phonology and conventions
of formalism, this work also accepts as being essentially
correct the description of English phonological structure
presented there (Chapters II-V). Specifically, in this
regard, the present work treats as correct the SPE account of
stress assignment, laxing and tensing rules, and consonant
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Leath, Helen Lang. English Phonology Without Underlying Glides, dissertation, May 1979; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc331599/m1/2/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .