Understanding Phonology, Fourth Edition provides a clear, accessible and broad introduction to Phonology. Introducing basic concepts, it provides a comprehensive account of phonological issues such as segmental contrasts; syllables and moras; quantity, tone, intonation and stress; feature geometry; and prosodic constituent structure.
This new edition has been reorganized and revised with key features including:
- A brand new eResource at www.routledge.com/9781138961425, which contains a full answer key for all exercises, and audio recordings of illustrative examples;
- Illustrations in languages from all six continents and all major language families, including Arabic, Mandarin, Finnish, Zulu and Hawaiian;
- Over 140 exercises to test understanding, including new exercises involving larger data sets;
- Revised coverage of tone, stress and opacity in OT.
Understanding Phonology is essential reading for students coming to this topic for the first time.
1. Structures in languages
2. The production of speech
3. Some typology: sameness and difference
4. Making the form fit
5. Distinctive features
6. Describing places of articulation
7. Underlying and surface representations
8. Levels of representation
9. Between the segment and the syllable
12. Phonology above the word
13. Transparency and opacity with rules and constraints
14. Feature geometry
"Smartly written and stylishly updated, this excellent book is a richly detailed introduction to phonology. With frequent exercises from a broad variety of languages and sharp discussion of the major topics and issues, it is perfect for university students embarking on a semester-long course."
Robert Painter, Northeastern University, USA
"This new edition is a comprehensive textbook of phonology covering a remarkably wide range of issues and languages. It is an essential guide to speech sounds for all students of linguistics and speech science."
Haruo Kubozono, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan
"This is a thorough and challenging textbook that will prepare students for dealing with real phonological and phonetic data."
Marija Tabain, La Trobe University, Australia