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Hardcover | Out of Print | 488 pp. | 7 x 10 in | January 1991 | ISBN: 9780262031790
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The Sound Pattern of English


Since this classic work in phonology was published in 1968, there has been no other book that gives as broad a view of the subject, combining generally applicable theoretical contributions with analysis of the details of a single language. The theoretical issues raised in The Sound Pattern of English continue to be critical to current phonology, and in many instances the solutions proposed by Chomsky and Halle have yet to be improved upon.

Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle are Institute Professors of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT.

About the Authors

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) at MIT and the author of many influential books on linguistics, including Aspects of the Theory of Syntax and The Minimalist Program, both published by the MIT Press.

Morris Halle is Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics Emeritus at MIT.


“One of the great contributions to phonological theory in the history of linguistics... [it is] the most comprehensive and ambitious single statement on generative phonology.”
Kenneth C. Hill and Larry Nessly, Linguistics
“A book which no linguist can afford not to read and reread with great care.”
James D. McCawley, International Journal of American Linguistics