Introductory Phonology Paperback – Aug 25 2008
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"The challenge of using a textbook to teach phonological analysis is to strike the right balance between learning-by-reading and learning-by-doing. Bruce Hayes meets this challenge for us with this textbook. His writing is clear and accessible, and his thoughtful organizational choices promote a deep understanding of the goals of phonological analysis." Eric Bakovic, University of California-San Diego
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The publisher has supplied corrected e-book files as of December 5, 2013, so the issues of display with the IPA and special characters on Kindle has been fixed.
Introductory Phonology provides an exceptional foundation to the field for those who are coming to it for the first time. Developed and tested through years of experience and use, it emphasizes analysis of phonological data as well as the scientific context in which phonological analysis takes place. Hayes explains the analytical methods clearly as well as discussing the larger questions of what phonological patterns reveal about language.
The book includes numerous course-friendly features, including multi-part exercises and annotated suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, helpful for both students and instructors. Accessibly and succinctly written by a renowned phonologist, this volume is an ideal first course book in phonology.See all Product Description
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Well done, Dr. Hayes.
Some have criticized this book for neglecting metrical phonology and optimality theory, but I don't see these as shortcomings, and agree with the author that the student will be best equipped to deal with such theories once he or she has a solid grounding in basic derivational phonology, as presented in the book. However, if the instructor wishes, some of the later chapters, e.g. on productivity, diachrony and abstractness, may be omitted without depriving the students of the most fundamental knowledge of the subfield.
The student will also need to be thoroughly familiar with the IPA and basic articulatory phonetics before beginning the main part of the book (there is a brief chapter at the beginning that reviews basic concepts in phonetics, but this is not a substitute for a proper introduction to that subfield). Depending on the students' background, it may be necessary to spend some extra time at the beginning of the course practicing transcription and basic phonetic terminology.