Aimed principally at the undergraduate student, this exciting new textbook provides a compact presentation of the fundamental concepts of phonology. The four main themes - syllable structure, feature structure, rules and stress/rhythm - include illuminating references to a variety of languages. No previous knowledge of contemporary phonological theory is assumed beyond that found in a typical first year introductory course. Each chapter is provided with helpful exercises and further reading. This volume is an essential text for students of linguistics, English language and speech sciences.
Andrew Spencer is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. He has published widely on phonological theory, developmental phonology and morphology. He is the author of Morphological Theory (Blackwell, 1991).