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Reference Resources for Phonology

Phonology deals with sound structure in language. While phonetics studies the physical properties of sounds, phonology concerns their mental representations. Phonology originated with the insight that much observable phonetic detail is irrelevant or predictable in language. This led to positing phonemes as minimal contrastive units, each comprising a collection of distinctive features. Later work went beyond this focus on surface contrast and re-conceived phonology as an aspect of speakers' mental grammars. (From the entry for Phonology by Mary Paster in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed.)

Below are some key (online) reference works for phonology.

New Books on Phonology at UBC Library

Principles of radical CV phonology book cover
The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Phonology  cover
Common Phonology of the Chinese Dialects book cover

Library Subject Headings

UBC Library, like most academic libraries, uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. Books on Phonology can be found in the UBC Library catalogue under these Subject Headings:

For books on the phonology of  a specific language, use this format (replace 'French' with whichever language you are interested in):

Phonology: Key Journals

Phonology journal cover


Phonology is the only journal devoted to all aspects of the discipline. It provides a unique forum for the productive interchange of ideas among phonologists and those working in related disciplines. The journal publishes quarterly and carries research articles, as well as book reviews and shorter pieces on topics of current focus within phonology.

Laboratory Phonology

Laboratory Phonology is the official journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology. It publishes reports on the scientific study of all phonological/phonetic aspects of spoken and signed language through scholarly exchange across disciplines, including all domains of linguistics (phonology, phonetics, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics), as well as from related disciplines.