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The Handbook of Phonological Theory, 2nd Edition

John A. Goldsmith (Editor), Jason Riggle (Editor), Alan C. L. Yu (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5768-1
968 pages
October 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Phonological Theory, second edition offers an innovative and detailed examination of recent developments in phonology, and the implications of these within linguistic theory and related disciplines.

  • Revised from the ground-up for the second edition, the book is comprised almost entirely of newly-written and previously unpublished chapters
  • Addresses the important questions in the field including learnability, phonological interfaces, tone, and variation, and assesses the findings and accomplishments in these domains
  • Brings together a renowned and international contributor team
  • Offers new and unique reflections on the advances in phonological theory since publication of the first edition in 1995
  • Along with the first edition, still in publication, it forms the most complete and current overview of the subject in print
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Preface ix

1 Rules v. Constraints 1
David Odden

2 Opacity and Ordering 40
Eric Bakovic´

3 The Interaction Between Morphology and Phonology 68
Sharon Inkelas

4 Quantity 103
Stuart Davis

5 Stress Systems 141
Matthew Gordon

6 The Syllable 164
John Goldsmith

7 Tone: Is it Different? 197
Larry M. Hyman

8 Harmony Systems 240
Sharon Rose and Rachel Walker

9 Contrast Reduction 291
Alan C. L. Yu

10 Diachronic Explanations of Sound Patterns 319
Gunnar Ólafur Hansson

11 Phonetics in Phonology 348
D. R. Ladd

12 Corpora and Exemplars in Phonology 374
Mirjam Ernestus and R. Harald Baayen

13 The Place of Variation in Phonological Theory 401
Andries W. Coetzee and Joe Pater

14 The Syntax-Phonology Interface 435
Elisabeth Selkirk

15 Intonation 485
Mary E. Beckman and Jennifer J. Venditti

16 Dependency-based Phonologies 533
Harry van der Hulst

17 The Acquisition of Phonology 571
Katherine Demuth

18 Phonology as Computation 596
John Coleman

19 Using Psychological Realism to Advance Phonological Theory 631
Matthew Goldrick

20 Learning and Learnability in Phonology 661
Adam Albright and Bruce Hayes

21 Sign Language Phonology 691
Diane Brentari

22 Language Games 722
Bert Vaux

23 Loanword Adaptation: From Lessons Learned to Findings 751
Carole Paradis and Darlene LaCharité

References 779

Index 914

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Author Information

John A. Goldsmith is Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science, and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He is author of Autosegmental and Metrical Phonology (Basil Blackwell, 1990).

Jason Riggle is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Chicago Language Modeling Lab at the University of Chicago. He has published in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Research on Language and Computation, Linguistic Inquiry and Computational Linguistics (forthcoming).

Alan Yu is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Phonology Laboratory at the University of Chicago. He is the author of A Natural History of Infixation (2007) and has published in Language, Phonology, and the Journal of Phonetics.

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“This new edition of The Handbook of Phonological Theory is remarkably complete in its scope and coverage of phonological insights and issues. It provides the linguistic community with an indispensable research tool for years to come, and a rich source of information for new generations of linguists.” - Geert Booij, Professor of Linguistics, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

“This is a timely volume. A wonderful collection of papers provides the most up-to-date view of phonological research, reflecting recent extension into studies on phonetics, variation and computation.”  - Jongho Jun, Seoul National University

“What is particularly unique and valuable about this volume is not just the combination of the retrospective approach with the array of topics covered but also the strong empirical grounding found in most chapters.” – Diana Archangeli, University of Arizona

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