Working with problems is an essential part of courses that introduce students to modern phonology. This book provides hands-on experience with a major area of modern phonology, including phonetics; phonetic variation; natural classes of sounds; alternations; rule systems; and prosodic phonology. An introductory essay gives an overview of some of the principal results and assumptions of current phonological theory. The problems are taken from a wide variety of languages, and many are drawn from the authors' firsthand research. All have been used by the authors in their introductory courses, primarily at Harvard and MIT, and are meant to be used in conjunction with a textbook and/or other materials provided by the classroom instructor.
About the Authors
Morris Halle is Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics Emeritus at MIT.
George N. Clements was Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.
"Halle's problems are carefully constructed, instructionally valuable, and (at the more advanced levels) extremely challenging. The book will fill a crying need, and I definitely will make it a required purchase at all levels."
- Bruce P. Hayes, University of California. Los Angeles
"For two reasons I enthusiastically welcome the publication of this book - the lack, up to now, of a satisfactory workbook, and its recognition of the essential role of problems in the teaching of phonology. The Halle-Clements collaboration is ideal."
- John McCarthy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Texas