English Sound Structure
December 1994, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Sounds and Words.
1.1. Phonology in Generative Grammar.
1.2. Phonological Phenomena.
1.3. Representation and Derivation.
1.4. Words and Roots.
2.1. Non-Linear Phonological Representations.
2.3. Phonological Constituent Structure.
2.4. Onsets, Rhymes, Nuclei.
3.2. The Primes of Melodic Representation.
3.3. Elements for Vowels.
3.4. Elements for Consonants.
3.5. Melodic Geometry.
3.6. Laryngeal Elements.
3.8. Appendix: Specification of Elements.
4.2. The Phonological Hierarchy.
4.3. Phonological Licensing.
4.4. Licensing and Melodic Complexity. 4.5. Principles and Parameters of Phonological Structure.
4.6. Empty Positions.
5. Floating Sounds.
5.2. English r-systems.
5.3. A Linear Analysis of Smooth r.
5.4. A Coda Analysis.
5.5. Floating r.
5.6. Historical Interlude.
5.7. Vowels before r.
Index of Vowel Word-Classes.
* Combined interest in dialect variation and English phonology.
* Includes substantial exercise material.
"John Harris's English Sound Structure presents novel analyses of familiar processes such as flapping, tapping, and intrusive r within a restricted theory of phonological representation in which the notions of prosodic licensing, government, and segmental complexity bear the major explanatory burden. It is a book that merits serious consideration by all phonologists." Michael Kenstowicz, MIT
"I think this book is an excellent textbook, and since it is entirely based on English, this makes it easily accessible to linguistics students with English as a mother tongue, and to students of English in other parts of the world who are interested in more theoretical aspects of linguistics." Glot International
"This is an excellent book. It is well written and thought-provoking. The end of chapter exercises are challenging, but by no means daunting. Students and linguists who work through the book will gain a real understanding, not only of English phonology but also of important issues in phonological theory." Times Higher Education Supplement