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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will make you understand phonology Oct. 4 2016
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I HATE PHONOLOGY, but this book finally made things clear enough to me that I could pass my PhD comps in Phonology. If you're as lost as I was (For example, after reading Peng's book) then give this guy a try.

Well done, Dr. Hayes.
5.0 out of 5 stars but definitely a good introduction to the subject April 4 2015
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Taught undergraduate Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology out of this book in 2013. Students found it understandable, and it's organized very intuitively. It definitely needs to be supplemented with another book for phonetics and with extra exercises, but definitely a good introduction to the subject.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 4 2016
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Book was in excellent condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introductory Phonology (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics) Feb. 10 2010
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but requires experienced instructor Dec 18 2012
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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.