Shaping Phonology

Edited by Diane Brentari and Jackson Lee

Shaping Phonology

Edited by Diane Brentari and Jackson Lee

320 pages | 11 halftones, 26 line drawings, 6 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9780226562452 Will Publish July 2018
E-book $60.00 ISBN: 9780226562599 Will Publish July 2018
Within the past forty years, the field of phonology—a branch of linguistics that explores both the sound structures of spoken language and the analogous phonemes of sign language, as well as how these features of language are used to convey meaning—has undergone several important shifts in theory that are now part of standard practice. Drawing together contributors from a diverse array of subfields within the discipline, and honoring the pioneering work of linguist John Goldsmith, this book reflects on these shifting dynamics and their implications for future phonological work.

Divided into two sections, Shaping Phonology first explores the elaboration of abstract domains (or units of analysis) that fall under the purview of phonology. These chapters reveal the increasing multidimensionality of phonological representation through such analytical approaches as autosegmental phonology and feature geometry. The second section looks at how the advent of machine learning and computational technologies have allowed for the analysis of larger and larger phonological data sets, prompting a shift from using key examples to demonstrate that a particular generalization is universal to striving for statistical generalizations across large corpora of relevant data. Now fundamental components of the phonologist’s toolkit, these two shifts have inspired a rethinking of just what it means to do linguistics.
Review Quotes
Paul de Lacy, Rutgers University, editor of the "The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology"
“This unique collection contains outstanding chapters that I am sure will prove influential in the field of linguistics, and phonology in particular. I am impressed at the chapters’ variety—historical surveys, analyses, and theoretical proposals—and by how intensely and profoundly they engage with John Goldsmith’s research. It will be essential for linguists to have access to this book.”
Haj Ross, University of North Texas
“John Goldsmith’s invention of autosegmental phonology was foundational, the coin of the phonologist’s realm. His work opened a door to a new landscape, and this book tells the recent history, after Goldsmith, of phonology, going into many fascinating new sub-problems. It will be a kind of watershed. All students of phonology will be required to know it, and to situate themselves with respect to it. Shaping Phonology is an essential book.”
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