A cognitive grammar introduction
Geoffrey S. Nathan | Wayne State University
This textbook introduces the reader to the field of phonology, from allophones to faithfulness and exemplars. It assumes no prior knowledge of the field, and includes a brief review chapter on phonetics. It is written within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics, but covers a wide range of historical and contemporary theories, from the Prague School to Optimality Theory. While many examples are based on American and British English, there are also discussions of some aspects of French and German colloquial speech and phonological analysis problems from many other languages around the world. In addition to the basics of phoneme theory, features, and morphophonemics there are chapters on casual speech, first and second language acquisition and historical change. A final chapter covers a number of issues in contemporary phonological theory, including some of the classic debates in Generative Phonology (rule ordering, abstractness, ‘derivationalism’) and proposals for usage-based phonologies.
[Cognitive Linguistics in Practice, 3] 2008. x, 171 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | pp. ix–x
Introduction to phonology | pp. 1–10
A brief overview of phonetics | pp. 11–26
Phonemes: The fundamental category | pp. 27–42
Syllables, feet, words: Phonological constructions | pp. 43–58
Processes: The forces shaping phonology | pp. 59–86
Alternations | pp. 87–93
Fluent speech | pp. 95–101
Historical phonology: Processes frozen in time | pp. 103–115
First and second language acquisition | pp. 117–123
Theoretical apparatus and formalisms | pp. 125–156
Glossary | pp. 157–160
Index of languages | p. 165
Index of names | p. 167
Index of subjects | pp. 169–171
“This book discusses concepts that other modern phonology books often ignore, and presents them in a different and interesting theoretical light and is very accessible to beginning students. The author employs numerous metaphors and comparisons that make reading comprehensible, graphic and enjoyable.”
José A. Mompeán, Universidad de Murcia
“This is an introduction to phonology with a difference-first, theories and concepts are embedded in a broad narrative of how the study of the speech has developed over the past hundred years, and secondly, the book strives towards a cognitively realistic view of phonology.”
John R. Taylor, University of Otago
“This book can be recommended to anyone who needs to know about phonology but has no need to embrace a particular theory: students are introduced to phonological principles without being burdened with elaborate formalism. [...] I would regard Nathan's book as ideal for students of foreign language teaching or for prospective speech and language therapists (for use with other sources of disordered phonology).”
Linda Shockey, in the Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Vol. 40/2 (2010)
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