Handbook of the Syllable approaches the study of the phonology and phonetics of the syllable with theoretical, empirical and methodological heterogeneity as its guiding principle. Since the mid-nineteenth century, scholars in the phonetic and phonological sciences have found it convenient to refer to the syllable, but definitions are scarce and none apply to all areas where the syllable is frequently invoked. The Handbook’s seventeen chapters focus on empirical studies of the syllable by presenting both new data and new kinds of data. The work addresses the syllable in phonology, phonetics, experimental psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, diachronic linguistics, and orthography. It is a seminal reference book for researchers exploring any empirical area where the notion of 'the syllable' is invoked.
Charles E. Cairns, Ph.D. (1969) in Linguistics, Columbia University, is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the City University of New York. He specializes in phonology; his latest volume, coedited with Eric Raimy, is
Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology (MIT Press, 2009).
Eric Raimy, Ph.D. (1999) in Linguistics, University of Delaware, is Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin at Madison. He specializes in phonology; in addition to the MIT volume coedited with Charles Cairns, he wrote
The Phonology and Morphology of Reduplication (Mouton de Gruyter 2000).
'As a whole, this volume is highly successful in many ways owing to the strong material that it presents from a cadre of successful scholars on a wide range of compelling and contemporary, yet challenging topics.' Christopher R. Green,
LINGUISTLIST, October 2011
All those interested in any field of the language sciences in which the notion of the syllable is invoked.