Introducing Phonology
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Introducing Phonology

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This accessible textbook provides a clear and practical introduction to phonology, the study of sound patterns in language. Designed for undergraduates with only a basic knowledge of linguistics, it teaches in a step-by-step fashion the logical techniques of phonological analysis and the fundamental theories that underpin it. Through over sixty graded exercises, students a...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published March 28th 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 13th 1994)
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David Odden's INTRODUCING PHONOLOGY (Cambridge University Press, 2005) is a textbook designed for undergraduates with just a basic linguistics course behind them. After the elementary matters of phonemes and allophones, Odden covers the rigours fo feature theory, phonological typology and naturalness. The final chapter on nonlinear representations makes a case for reconceptualizing data instead of ignoring troublesome facts, thus furthering theory.

Though I haven't made an exhaustive survey, Odd...more
Odden needs to take a page from Psychologists and write a better textbook. A fellow classmate said he got a different phonology book and was reading that instead and the material made more sense to him. I'm not sure what exactly about the layout was so unappealing, but this book didn't make for very interesting or easy reading. Perhaps it's because the concepts being covered aren't that difficult, and can't help but be dry. I didn't think the end of chapter exercises were very helpful, either. S...more
Tuan Do
Adding this book as a complementary reading material to my linguistic courses, the content of the book to some extent satisfied me. For folks who have some linguistic background, e.g. have taken any intro course, the material might be easy to understand. For ones haven't, like me, the material is a little bit overwhelming. Coming straight from some phonetic sessions given for computational linguistic graduates, I found the content in the book is a little bit disorganized, and hard to follow. Som...more
Kenneth Trease
I'm not a big fan of this book, though I'm told it's one of the best Phonology texts out there.

I'm in general dismayed with the quality of pedagogical materials in linguistics. The text is interesting, if a bit dry, but the problem sets are poorly organized. The occasional page break would go a long way to making the problems easier to deal with, with less flipping back and forth (it seems there's constantly the first half of a problem on one side, the second half on the next page.)

And would it...more
Alright as textbooks go. Easy to read, but not particularly clear or unclear. And it's printed on good paper, a feature I'm beginning to value as much as the content. No squirming about dodging cheap paper glare here!
Arie Toursino
Lumayan buat pengantar kalau mau belajar fonologi.
Hanoo Hanoo
helpful to some extent
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