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The Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory

1st Edition

Edited by S.J. Hannahs, Anna Bosch


646 pages | 117 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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

About the Editors

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 anAssociate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Kentucky, USA.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Phonetics & Phonology