LINGUIST List 9.840

Fri Jun 5 1998

Books: Phonology

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  1. milly.neate, Understanding Phonology (Update)

Message 1: Understanding Phonology (Update)

Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 15:33:05 +0000
From: milly.neate <>
Subject: Understanding Phonology (Update)


Gussenhoven, Carlos (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Jacobs, 
Haike (University of Nijmegen and the Free University of Amsterdam, The 
Netherlands); Understanding Phonology;

Publication March 1998 304pp PB 0 340 69218 9 14.99/US$19.95 HB 0 340 
69217 0 40.00/US$70.00 Arnold Publishing (American edition is co-published 
with OUP)

This book gives a clear and accurate picture of current phonological theory 
in a small number of pages.
John Goldsmith, University of Chicago
This skilfully written new text provides a broad, yet up-to-date, 
introduction to phonology. Assuming no previous knowledge of phonology or 
linguistic theory, the authors introduce the basic concepts and build on 
these progressively, discussing the main theories and illustrating key 
points with carefully chosen examples. A wide range of phenomena are 
covered: speech production, segmental contrasts, tone, quality, prosodic 
structure, metrical relations and intonation. The main theories are 
introduced and their contributions to our understanding of phonology, as 
well as their shortcomings, are discussed objectively.
Contents: The production of speech / Some typology: sameness and difference 
/ Making the form fit / Two levels of representation / Distinctive Features 
/ Ordered rules / The diminutive suffix in Dutch / Levels of representation 
/ Representing tone / Skeletal slots and moras / Feature geometry / Complex 
segments / Stress / Iambic and Trochambic rhythm in Optimality Theory.

Readership: Students of linguistics.
Available on inspection for lecturers (quote linglist598)
Tel: +44 (0) 171 873 6355
Fax: +44 (0) 171 873 6325
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