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English Sound Structure

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Friday, February 25, 2000, 20:41
On Fri, 25 Feb 2000, And Rosta wrote:

> It's six years since I last taught more than phonemes-of-English phonology, > so I'm not up to date with recent textbooks. I can't remember what textbooks > I used, but I do remember that I was planning to use John Harris's _English > sound structure_, which was published just as the course was finishing, > the next time I taught it. But then I changed jobs. In my current department > we don't do proper phonology, because it's in a jurisdictional no-man's-land > (between me, the Formal Person, and someone else (a prosodist/phonetician), > the Sounds Person). I might be biased in favour of the John Harris book, > because he taught me (very enjoyably) as an undergrad, but the stuff in the book > was all developed after my undergrad years.
I think that Harris' book is a fine example of balancing theoretical concerns with real language data. It was a required text for a course I took from Mike Hammond on English Phonology (along with Giegerich's _English Phonology: An Introduction_ and Chomsky and Halle's _The Sound Pattern of English_; Mike's book was still in the scattered analyses stage). The theoretical orientation is generative, but uses Government Phonology rather than more familiar work based on distinctive features. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga