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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (Aug. 25 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405184116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405184113
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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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.

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This textbook is written in such a comprehensive way that it's easy to understand! Because it's a textbook, you won't really have a lot of choice but to buy this book, but just so you know, don't be daunted by it. It's not that long, and it's very comprehensive.
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Provides very good explanations about the critical points and is comprehensive in its coverage. Additionally there are many examples from different languages.
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Aside from taking a LOT of time to get here, it was sent well in perfect condition & was much cheaper than the one the school was selling.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9baa245c) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9baa7fd8) out of 5 stars best phonology textbook out there Dec 5 2008
By Joe the Linguist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well-written, direct, an excellent guide through the foundations of the field for undergraduates, from a highly lauded scholar. Though written for beginners, it doesn't verge into territory of being too simplistic. A must-have!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb6f048) out of 5 stars Introductory Phonology (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics) Feb. 10 2010
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
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As a linguistics student, this is a wonderful reference guide. Published in 2009, it's modern, up to date, and uses the current IPA standard. This book was a recommended supplement for a phonology class, but it's helping me in all my courses. It's an excellent book. 5/5 stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb6f324) out of 5 stars Good but requires experienced instructor Dec 18 2012
By Jonathan Gress-wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a new instructor in Phonology, I would say this book is potentially excellent, but requires much of the instructor in terms of elaborating on the concepts introduced in the chapters. I would recommend anyone using this book to teach for the first time, if they're not already in the habit of doing this, that they compose a handout outlining the main points for each chapter before presenting it in class. The exercises are good but challenging, and the instructions can be somewhat opaque; instructors should do them beforehand (there is no answer key), and it will generally be necessary to provide additional guidance to the students.

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.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb6f840) out of 5 stars Kindle edition almost unreadable in places Feb. 6 2012
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As mentioned by several reviews for this item, the Kindle version is fairly bad. There are a combination of typos and several other problems. For example, this book uses many International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) letters. However, these letters are sometimes shown with normal font and sometimes with an image of the character appear instead. Furthermore, in more than a few places, when one single IPA letter should appear, a random word (with the correct letter in it) appears - and this word is often an image also. So, in addition to these problems, because there are so many images of individuals letters/words, resizing of text does not work for these images, and makes them nearly unreadable. Finally, I would like to note that the Kindle Reader software on Windows does, in fact, do a great job of IPA support, and can render them correctly (without the need to embed images). So, whoever created this electronic version did a horrible job.

I would love a refund and to be able to purchase the hard copy instead....
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb6f108) out of 5 stars Don't buy the kindle edition Feb. 5 2012
By deragon - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent reference for any linguistics student. It's well written, has plenty of examples and exercises, and is fairly easy to read. BUT the kindle edition is AWFUL. Splurge on the physical textbook. The kindle edition is riddled with errors. Often in the excersizes the task will be to compare two words which appear exactly the same, or the letters are so small and fuzzy that I can't even see what they are. Often a single symbol will be replaced with an entire IPA word, completely changing the word. Also , there are no page numbers, and this is a heavy work-book style text, so it's impossible to simply flip to the page your professor asks you to. I think that amazon has really screwed this one up, and until they decide to put page numbers and fix the IPA errors, please please buy the physical textbook! I ended up buying it anyway, so I wasted my 20 bucks here!