This textbook presupposes no prior knowledge of phonology or phonetics, and takes the learner step by step through the various stages and areas of the discipline without sacrificing rigor or breadth of coverage. The book's extraordinary clarity makes it readily understandable by anyone with a keen interest in phonology.The substance of phonology is more constant and more general than the limitations inherent in any particular theory or formalism may suggest. The book therefore provides a coherent account for beginner-students, rooted primarily - but by no means exclusively - in the phonology of English. No particular theory or formal apparatus is preferred over another; instead, the essence of phonology is provided in the most neutral possible way, for the maximum benefit of the reader. The book avoids entanglement in doctrinal disputes and formal minutiae, and aims instead for the general and the permanent.The book reviews all the major advances that have taken place in generative phonology over the past thirty years, including the recent Optimality Theory.
Its many pedagogical features encourage interaction with the reader, and include a wealth of check-points, chapter previews and summaries, lists of key points, and exercises for further practice.
"An outstanding didactic achievement likely to replace other publications in the area of introductory phonology ... An excellent introduction to the theory and practice of mainstream generative phonology and should be on the reading list of any course on this topic. It has been written by people who are not only exceptionally good at doing linguistics, but also at teaching it." Lingua
"A Course in Phonology is a success story overall, in terms of its vast coverage and its pedagogical goals. Roca and Johnson are to be congratulated on this accomplishment, to be sure, as these will be features that will appeal to students and instructors alike. The presentation is logical and clear. Exercises are well chosen ... I have no doubt that A Course in Phonology will be, because of its depth and coverage and its attention to pedagogical concerns, the book of choice for many instructors of phonology." Phonology
"Roca has done an impressive job of covering the broad field of phonology in a comprehensive yet accessible manner. Beginning with the basic principles of phonological investigation, the text leads the reader through all major theoretical frameworks, up to and including Optimality Theory. Professor Roca's experience as an educator is evident in both content and quality; constant self-checks ensure the active participation of the reader." Kevin Vardin, Meiji Gakuin University
"[T]he meticulous care and exceptionally readable manner in which this broadly-based survey of phonology is presented will almost certainly ensure it becomes a highly successful introduction to the field." Journal of the International Phonetic Association
Key to Symbols.
Part I: Phonetics and Phonology:.
1. How Are Sounds Made? The Production of Obstruents.
2. Introducing Phonology. Assimilation.
3. Sonorant Consonants.
4. Natural Classes of Sounds: Distinctive Features.
5. Vowel Sounds: Cardinal Vowels.
6. Phonological Processes Involving Vowel Features.
7. The Vowels of English.
8. The Timing Tier. The Great Vowel Shift.
Part II: Suprasegmental Structure:.
9. The Syllable.
10. Syllable Complexity: English Phonotactics.
11. The Phenomenon of Stress: Rhythm.
12. Metrical Principles and Parameters.
13. Syllable Weight. Further Metrical Machinery.
14. Tonal Phonology.
Part III: Advanced Theory: .
15. Modes of Rule Application. The Cycle.
16. Domains of Rule Application: Lexical and Prosodic Phonology.
17. Aspects of Lexical Representations: Underspecification, Markedness and Feature Geometry.
18. Rules and Derivations.
19. Constraints: Optimality Theory.
20. Looking Back and Moving On.
Index of Languages.
Index of Names.
Index of Subjects.