Understanding Phonology

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2011-05-27
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This 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 chosenexamples. The book covers a wide range of phenomena, including speech production, segmental contrasts, tone, quantity, prosodic structure, metrical relations, and intonation, as well as such key theories as feature geometry and Optimality Theory. In this new edition the authors have revised andupdated the text of the original in light of recent research and as a result of users' comments.

Author Biography

Carlos Gussenhoven is Professor of General and Experimental Phonology, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Haike Jacobs is Professor of French Language and Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
The IPA chartp. x
Structures in languagesp. 1
The production of speechp. 15
Some typology: sameness and differencep. 34
Making the form fitp. 45
Underlying and surface representationsp. 61
Distinctive featuresp. 72
SPE A case study: the diminutive suffix in Dutchp. 92
Transparency and opacity with rules and constraintsp. 111
Levels of representationp. 131
Representing tonep. 147
Between the segment and the syllablep. 162
Feature geometryp. 185
Exploiting the feature treep. 198
Stress and feetp. 214
Further constraining stressp. 227
Phonology above the wordp. 246
Epiloguep. 262
Key to questionsp. 264
Referencesp. 300
Language indexp. 311
Subject indexp. 316
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