Phonological theory deals with the mental representation and computation of speech sounds. The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology (CHP) contains introductory chapters on research in this field, focusing on current theories and recent developments.
Since the previous major handbook of phonology (Goldsmith's 1995
Handbook of Phonological Theory [link]),
phonological theory has undergone enormous changes. Among these are
the rise of Optimality Theory and increasing appeal to functionalist
explanations. Certain research areas have also become more visible,
such as learnability, free variation, and language acquisition. CHP provides in-depth summaries of recent research in all
of these areas.
Using this website
The chapters are written for readers with a basic background in phonological theory. Each chapter is a concise topic overview that introduces core ideas and significant advances, and identifies topics for further research. They can be read on their own, or as part of a graduate or advanced undergraduate course in phonological theory.
Chapters and Authors
How to cite
For the book:
de Lacy, Paul (ed.). (2007) The Handbook of Phonology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
For chapters within the book: (example)
Prince, Alan (2007). The pursuit of theory. In Paul de Lacy (ed.) The Handbook of Phonology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University press, pp. 33-60.
Citations for each chapter are given on the webpage.
For materials on this website:
Author (2007). Title. Breadcrumb. URL. [Date accessed].
Hall, T.A. (2007). Reading list for chapter 13. Chapters > 13. http://handbookofphonology.rutgers.edu [7 January 2007].
The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology project started in 2003. It was published in February 2007. For a brief history of the making of the book, click here.