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Excellent text for a Phonology course, but not for self study
on February 12, 2007
This textbook does a good job of explaining the basics of phonology. It uses a variety of languages to exemplify and explain the concepts like palatalization, nasals matching place of articulation of the following consonant, and so on. It doesn't depend just on English to make the case for these. It does a decent job of giving all sides of the story by explaining a broad range of theories in phonological linguistics. It starts out with some basics of phonetics, but if you have no background in phonetics, you'll want a more comprehensive starter.
That said, I used this book because my professor assigned it for the phonology course I took, and without the class discussions, I probably wouldn't have understood any of it. As the professor said when I mentioned that, "that's why you come to class."
So--I would not suggest this book if you're looking for a self-study resource; however, as part of a course with a knowledgeable professor, it's a good text.