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Title: Understanding Phonology, Second edition
Written By: Carlos Gussenhoven
Haike Jacobs
URL: http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Titles.aspx?isbn=0340807350
Series Title: Understanding Language Series
Description:

This skillfully written 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, quantity, prosodic structure,
metrical relations and intonation. The main theories, including feature
geometry and Optimality Theory are introduced, and their contributions to
our understanding of phonology, as well as their shortcomings, are
discussed objectively.

In this new edition the authors have revised and updated the text in the
light of recent research and also as a result of users' comments.

Students will welcome the range of language from which the authors draw
their examples and problems, and the originality of the presentations,
discussions and examples

Contents:
The Production of Speech
Some typology: sameness and difference
Making the form fit
Underlying and surface representations
Distinctive features
Ordered rules
A case study: the diminutive suffix in Dutch
Levels of representation
Representing tone
Between the segment and the syllable
Feature geometry
Exploiting the feature tree
Stress and feet
Further Constraining stress
Phonology above the word

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Hodder Education
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Phonology
Subject Language(s): Dutch
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0340807350
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: c.320pp
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99