Phonology in the Twentieth Century : Second edition, revised and expanded

Stephen R. Anderson


The original (1985) edition of this work attempted to cover the main lines of development of phonological theory from the end of the 19th century through the early 1980s. Much work of importance, both theoretical and historiographic, has appeared in subsequent years, and the present edition tries to bring the story up to the end of the 20th century, as the title promised. This has involved an overall editing of the text, in the process correcting some errors of fact and interpretation, as well as the addition of new material and many new references.


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Stephen R. Anderson

Stephen Anderson is the Dorothy R. Diebold Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus at Yale University. After completing his PhD at MIT in 1969, he taught in the Linguistics Departments at Harvard and UCLA before moving to The Johns Hopkins University in 1988 as a co-founder of one of the first Departments of Cognitive Science. In 1994, he moved to Yale as Chair of the Linguistics Department, where he spent the remainder of his career until retirement in 2017. His research has involved most of the major areas of general linguistics, focused initially on phonology and later on morphological theory, as well as on the history of the field and the analysis of a variety of languages. He has worked on the biology of the Language Faculty, including its evolution and the relation between human language and animal communication. Among his books are the first edition of Phonology in the twentieth century Chicago (1985), A-Morphous Morphology (Oxford, 1992), Doctor Dolittle's delusion (Yale, 2004) and René de Saussure and the Theory of Word Formation (with Louis de Saussure, LSP 2018). He was President of the Linguistic Society of America in 2007, and is a Fellow of that Society as well as the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Anderson, Stephen R. . 2021. Phonology in the Twentieth Century : Second edition, revised and expanded. (History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences 5). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5509618


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