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The Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory

ISBN 9781032095882
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
660 Pages 117 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory provides a comprehensive overview of the major contemporary approaches to phonology. Phonology is frequently defined as the systematic organisation of the sounds of human language. For some, this includes aspects of both the surface phonetics together with systematic structural properties of the sound system; for others, phonology is seen as distinct from, and autonomous from, phonetics. The Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory surveys the differing ways in which phonology is viewed, with a focus on current approaches to phonology. Divided into two parts, this handbook:

  • covers major conceptual frameworks within phonology, including: rule-based phonology; Optimality Theory; Government Phonology; Dependency Phonology; and connectionist approaches to generative phonology;

  • explores the central issue of the relationship between phonetics and phonology;

  • features 23 chapters written by leading academics from around the world.

The Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory is an authoritative survey of this key field in linguistics, and is essential reading for students studying phonology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction SJ Hannahs and Anna Bosch
Chapter 2 Optimality Theory: Motivations and perspectives Pavel Iosad
Chapter 3 Current issues and directions in Optimality Theory —Constraints and their interaction Martin Krämer
Chapter 4 The phonology–phonetics interface in constraint-based grammar Michael Ramsammy
Chapter 5 Stratal Phonology Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero
Chapter 6 Rule-Based Phonology: background, principles and assumptions Thomas Purnell
Chapter 7 Issues and prospects in Rule-Based Phonology Bert Vaux and Neil Myler
Chapter 8 The Syntax-Phonology Interface in Rule-Based Phonology Heather Newell
Chapter 9 Government Phonology: Element theory, conceptual issues and introduction Tobias Scheer and Nancy C. Kula
Chapter 10 Syllable Structure in Government Phonology Tobias Scheer and Eugeniusz Cyran
Chapter 11 Interfaces in Government Phonology Tobias Scheer and Eugeniusz Cyran
Chapter 12 Dependency Phonology Harry van der Hulst and Jeroen van de Weijer
Chapter 13 Connectionist approaches to generative phonology John Alderete and Paul Tupper
Chapter 14 Interfaces in connectionist phonology Joseph Paul Stemberger
Chapter 15 Substance Free Phonology Charles Reiss
Chapter 16 The phonology of sign languages Jordon Fenlon, Kearsy Cormier and Diane Brentari
Chapter 17 Phonology as an Emergent System Diana Archangeli and Douglas Pulleyblank
Chapter 18 Laboratory Phonology Abigail C. Cohn, Cécile Fougeron and Marie K. Huffman 
Chapter 19 Articulatory Phonology Nancy Hall
Chapter 20 Exemplar theories in phonology Stefan A. Frisch
Chapter 21 Algebraic phonology Iris Berent
Chapter 22 Statistical Phonology Michael Hammond
Chapter 23 Phonology and Evolution Bart de Boer

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S. J. Hannahs is a reader in linguistics at Newcastle University, UK. He is on the advisory board of the Linguist List and annual phonology conferences the Manchester Phonology Meeting and the Old World Conference on Phonology.

Anna R. K. Bosch is an Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Kentucky, USA.


"This is a great handbook. It's a thoughtful survey of contemporary phonological frameworks and of issues that arise in phonological argument. Many chapters disagree with each other in interesting ways, authentically reflecting the glories of current phonological debate. My advice? Read them all!"

Patrick Honeybone, The University of Edinburgh, UK

"This handbook is particularly valuable in that it presents not only articles dealing with issues that any phonological theory has to … but it also offers succinct overviews of different models in the field. As such, it will be of interest to linguists from all kinds of backgrounds in the years to come."

Markus A. Pöchtrager, The University of Vienna, Austria