Phonological Theory: The Essential Readings / Edition 1

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This volume provides the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of the key readings in phonological theory. It is designed to complement the outstanding Handbook of Phonological Theory, this volume is ideal as a primary text for course use. It also represents an unparalleled work of reference for anyone interested in recent developments in linguistic theory.

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"John Goldsmith's Phonological Theory: The EssentialReadings gathers together influential papers from the pastthirty years that articulate the questions, critiques, problems,and proposals that have led up to and inform contemporarygenerative phonology. It can be sued to supplement most of thetextbooks available today and will be a valuable resource for thestudent and professional alike." Michael Kenstowicz, MIT

"This collection brings together some of the most significantand influential articles in the history of modern phonologicaltheory. Taken together, these contributions, some of which are nototherwise easily accessible, provide an historical perspective forthe specialist and student alike, as well as a comprehensivestatement of the issues with which our field continues to beconcerned." Larry M. Hyman, University of California atBerkeley

"[many of the essays in Goldsmith's book] are classics of modernphonological theory. Goldsmith is surely right in his contentionthat they are much better read in their original form and we haveto be grateful for their reproduction here." Geoffrey Finch,Times Higher Education Supplement

"this volume should solidify McMahon's reputations a one of themost inisghtful linguistic theorists currently writing." EugeneBuckley, Department of Linguistics, University ofPennsylvania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631204701
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/16/1999
  • Series: Linguistics: The Essential Readings Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Goldsmith is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. He is author of Autosegmental and Metrical Phonology (Blackwell, 1990) and editor of The Handbook of Phonology (Blackwell, 1995).

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Table of Contents


Introduction: John Goldsmith.

1. From The Sound Pattern of English: Phonetic andPhonological Representation: Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle.

2. On the Role of Notation in Generative Phonology: JamesMcCawley.

3. From Cyclic Phonology to Lexical Phonology: PaulKiparsky.

4. The Cycle in Phonology: Stress in Palestinian, Maltese andSpanish: Michael Brame.

5. On Phonotactically Motivated Rules: Alan Sommerstein.

6. Harmonic Phonology: John Goldsmith.

7. Generalized Alignment: John McCarthy and Alan Prince.

8. An Overview of Autosegmental Phonology: John Goldsmith.

9. A Prosodic Theory of Nonconcatenative Morphology: JohnMcCarthy.

10. From CV Phonology: A Generative Theory of theSyllable: G. N. Clements and S. J. Keyser.

11. The Geometry of Phonological Features: G. N. Clements.

12. Inalterability in CV Phonology: Bruce Hayes.

13. Prosodic Morphology: John McCarthy and Alan Prince.

14. On the Role of the Obligatory Contour Principle inPhonological Theory: David Odden.

15. Phonology with Tiers: Alan Prince.

16. Immediate Constituents of Mazateco Syllables: Kenneth andEunice Pike.

17. Syllables: Elisabeth Selkirk.

18. Compensatory Lengthening in Moraic Phonology: BruceHayes.

19. Syllables: E. Fudge.

20. On Stress and Linguistic Rhythm: Mark Liberman and AlanPrince.

21. Relating to the Grid: Alan Prince.

22. Extrametricality and English Stress: Bruce Hayes.


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