This book reviews current theories of the sound-structure of words and syllables. Dr. Coleman presents technical arguments showing that the contemporary theories are too complex and that a simpler theory, Declarative Phonology, is adequate. This theory is exemplified with detailed accounts of the sound-structure of words and syllables in English and Japanese.
• This book reviews current theories of the sound-structure of words and syllables • Presents technical arguments to support the use of declarative phonology rather than more complex theories • Dr Coleman presents detailed analyses of English and Japanese words and syllables to illustrate the framework of declarative phonology
Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Segmental representations and their phonetic interpretation; 3. Segmental and transformational phonology; 4. Non-linear phonological representations in contemporary generative phonology; 5. Phonological representations in declarative phonology; 6. A declarative analysis of Japanese words; 7. A declarative analysis of English words; References; Index.