First published in 1984. This study is designed as an introductory course in phonology for linguistics students. Like phonology itself, the book is divided into two main parts, the first dealing with segmental phonology, and the second with suprasegmental aspects, including stress, rhythm and intonation. Finally, there is a section on applied phonology, including dialects, historical change and language acquisition, all areas which provide the raw material for theoretical phonology.
While the author is sympathetic to orthodox generative phonology, he also offers a critique of it, and argues that theoretical phonology should be concerned with the fundamental phonological processes of language-processes which are found repeatedly in different languages at different periods of time.
Preface; List of Transcription Symbols for English; 1. Phonemic and Phonetic 2. Phonemes in Sequence 3. Distinctive Features 4. Neutralization, Marking and Language Universals 5. Phonology and Morphology 6. Connected Speech 7. Intonation 8. Dialect, Accent 9. Sound Change 10. Acquisition, Normal and Delayed; Glossary of Terms Used in the Description of Speech Sounds; Notes; Bibliography; Index
This set of 23 volumes, originally published between 1952 and 1996, amalgamates a wide breadth of research on the subject of phonetics and phonology, including studies on the axiomatic method, nonlinear phonology, and prosodic phonology. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of language and linguistics.