About the Companion

Available online or as a five-volume print set, The Blackwell Companion to Phonology is a major reference work drawing together 124 new contributions from leading scholars in the field. Led by a renowned team of international scholars, the Companion represents a diverse range of approaches and methodologies to the key phenomena in phonological research. In contrast to other handbooks and reference works currently available for phonology, the Companion focuses on phenomena and case studies to highlight historical and ongoing debates in the field. The Companion will be a touchstone for future phonological theorists, giving an overview of all the data and insights which any good theory of phonology should be able to cover.

The online platform provides audio files and links to external web content, as well as interactive cross-referencing and powerful searching and browsing capabilities. Simultaneously offering broad coverage and a high level of detail, The Blackwell Companion to Phonology is a landmark work that will be indispensable to students and researchers in the field for years to come.

Volume I: General Issues and Segmental Phonology
Volume II: Suprasegmental and Prosodic Phonology
Volume III: Phonological Processes
Volume IV: Phonological Interfaces
Volume V: Phonology Across Languages

Key Features:

  • Comprehensive: Presents a diverse range of approaches and methodologies to the key phenomena in phonological research in 124 essays
  • Clear and concise: Full explorations of all the most important ideas and key developments in the field
  • Wide-ranging: Documents major insights into human language gathered by phonologists in past decades; highlights interdisciplinary connections, such as the social and computational sciences; and examines statistical and experimental techniques
  • Up-to-date: Offers an overview of theoretical positions and ongoing debates within phonology at the beginning of the twenty-first century
  • Diverse: Features an international team of editors and contributors
  • Accessible: An extensive reference work based on the best and most recent scholarly research – ideal for advanced undergraduates through to faculty and researchers


The online version offers the following additional features:

  • Value-adding sound files and links to external web content to provide a multifaceted learning experience
  • Easy to navigate, 24/7 access to this major resource
  • Powerful searching, browsing, and cross-referencing capabilities, including Open URL linking, with all entries classified by key topic, subject, place, people, and period
  • Entries print in a clean, easy-to-read format, which includes citation, cross-references, and suggestions for further reading
  • For those institutions already subscribing to Blackwell Reference Online, it offers fully integrated and searchable content with the comprehensive Handbooks in Linguistics series
  • Easy access for your library:
    • Unlimited multiple-user, self administered, access
    • Download COUNTER-compliant usage data
    • MARC records support
    • DOIs at entry level ensure permanent URLs for easy upload into your library’s OPAC
    • OpenURL and Z39.50 compliance
    • Flexible purchase/subscription options: one-time purchase, subscription, as part of Blackwell Reference Online or standalone

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Print Set ISBN: 978-1-4051-8423-6 / HB / 5 VOLUMES

Online Edition ISBN: 978-1-4443-3526-2



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