A Manual of Phonology

A Manual of Phonology

A Manual of Phonology

A Manual of Phonology


This manual was begun during the Spring Semester of 1952-3, while I was on Sabbatical Leave from Cornell University, and also the recipient of a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, administered through the University. I wish to express my gratitude to both of those institutions, whose assistance made it possible for me to spend my time in research and writing rather than in directly remunerative activities.

When first planned, what appears here was to be but the initial section of a treatise designed to cover all phases of linguistics. The size of the present volume will convince the reader, I am sure, that my original notion was hardly feasible. I hope that in due time other portions of the treatise as originally conceived may appear, but the expression of this hope must not be construed as a guarantee.

My debt to my colleagues, both at Cornell and elsewhere, is of course enormous. The bibliographical references will indicate some small portion of this debt. It would be impossible to single out, for mention here, all the individuals who have been of more direct assistance; were I to attempt such a thing, I would be bound to commit unforgivable errors of omission. However, there are several acknowledgments which must be overtly made.

First: to Gordon H. Fairbanks, who has read the entire manuscript in (almost) final form. I have not always accepted his suggestions, and the book is doubtless the worse for that fact; but it is certainly the better for those which I have accepted, and no blame must attach to him for errors which remain.

Second: to Roman Jakobson, who has been, over the years, a source of inspiration which I value highly. I am particularly anxious to be emphatic about my debt to him because, in several places in the body of the book, I have been forced to express sharp disagreement with, or criticism of, some of his most fondly held views. Unfortunately, the spirit of scientific investigation leaves no place for a softening of criticism for friendship's sake, nor for any worship of the Idols of the Marketplace.

Third: to Martin Joos, who read an earlier draft of §5 with extreme care, and was (by request) remorseless in his criticism. He has also scrutinized §5 as it now appears, and allows me to state that he is in complete agreement with the points of view and the interpretations of fact which the reader will find in that section; wherever there is disagreement between what is said there and Joos's earlier statements in his Acoustic Phonetics (1948), the more recent statements represent his current view, as well as my own. This sort of help verges on collaboration, and I should have been happy to acknowledge the fact by having Joos's name appear on the title page as co-author of §5; but he has preferred merely this prefatorial credit.

Fourth: to Carl F. Voegelin, editor of the series in which this work appears, to Thomas A. Sebeok, the business manager, and to Mrs. Elsie F. Dosch, their very competent editorial assistant--for accepting the work, for raising most of . . .

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