Frequently Asked Questions

We hope to have answered some of the more typical questions you may have here. However if you have any queries about The Blackwell Companion to Phonology and can't find the information in these pages, please do contact us.

How do I purchase The Blackwell Companion to Phonology for my institution?

Please speak to your librarian and recommend the Companion to them. Your librarian can order the Companion direct or through their library supplier. Visit our ordering page to find out more. Please remember that because of their budgets, your librarian will need as much advance notice as possible.

What is it about?

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. Interdisciplinary connections, such as the social and computational sciences, are covered, as well as statistical and experimental techniques. 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.

How much content is there?

The Companion is 5 volumes (inclusive of an index volume) comprising over 1.5 million words. There are 124 entries, ranging in length from 8,000 words to 10,000 words.

Who is it aimed at and how does it help them?

The Companion will be an invaluable reference source for advanced undergraduates through to faculty and researchers, in the fields of phonology and linguistics. It will also be used by those studying phonology in related fields, including communication studies, speech sciences, and sociology.

Individual entries might be useful to include on class reading lists, providing students with a foundational knowledge of a topic before a lecture, and the further reading suggestions accompanying each entry will be helpful in both creating reading lists for classes, and for the researcher, in continuing their study of the topic.

When will the Companion be published?

The Companion will publish simultaneously in print and online in March 2011.

What is The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online?

The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online is the online version of the 5-volume print publication of the same name.

Why should we subscribe to The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online? What functionality is beneficial to users of the online version?

The online Companion is hosted on the Blackwell Reference Online platform, and is available as a stand-alone subscription for institutions. This platform offers users unbeatable functionality, including

  • Continuous and immediate 24/7 access to the content
  • An easy and accessible user interface
  • Discoverability of content is excellent, with three different search options, and the ability to search within results
  • Ability to browse entries alphabetically
  • The entries in the bibliography are linked to the customer’s online collection. This means that, if a cited work exists in their collection, the user will be able to click through to it directly
  • All illustrations, maps and figures are available in an image gallery – images here can be opened at full screen size, and provide a useful resource for lecturing
  • Entries print in a clean, easy-to-read format, which includes citation, cross-references, and suggestions for further reading
  • All entries are classified by key topic, subject, place, people, and period. This classification system makes it easy for users to find entries on related themes and topics, and/or that concern a specific place, person or time period
  • Sources cited in the text are hyperlinked to the bibliographic references which appear at the end of the entry
  • Cross-references appearing both in the text of the entry at the end of the entry are hyperlinked to the corresponding entries for ease of navigation
  • The full citation for every entry is given at the end of it for ease of accurate bibliographic citation
  • Ability to add entries to the user’s social bookmarking tools
  • Wiley-Blackwell waives copyright costs for reproduction for personal and student course with an institutional subscription
  • For those institutions already subscribing to Blackwell Reference Online, purchasing The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online has the additional benefit of automatically integrating all content and enhancing search functionality

How can I buy The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online?

The The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online can be purchased in two ways:

  • An annual subscription
  • An outright purchase with an annual fee covering hosting and updates

It is available direct from Wiley-Blackwell. Please ask your librarian to contact us for a quote.

How do I know how much my institution will pay?

Please ask your librarian to contact us for a quote. We will require the following 4 pieces of information:

  • The name of your institution
  • Your full institutional address and contact details
  • The type of institution (e.g University, 4 year college, 2 year college, public library, government or corporate school)
  • Size (e.g. FTE enrollment, population served, or number of employees)

Can I have a trial of The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online?

Yes! When published, we can arrange a 60-day free trial for librarians and institutions and a 30-day free trial for individuals. Please contact us to arrange this.

When can I start my subscription?

You may start your subscription at any time during the year. Subscriptions run for 12 months.

What is Wiley-Blackwell doing to ensure I can always access The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online?

Wiley-Blackwell is committed to ensuring that their customers continue to have access to resources they have purchased, as well as using robust and scalable systems to deliver The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online. It is looking closely at current options for ensuring archival access to its content.

How is access controlled?

The standard options are available including IP address recognition, library cards, referring URL, and username and password for remote users. If you require further options, please contact us.

How do subscribers gain access to the full text of articles?

Once the user is authenticated they will have immediate access to the full text of all articles.

Is there a limit to the number of concurrent users?

No. Institutional access is unlimited.

Are usage statistics provided?

Yes. When you purchase your subscription, you will be given administrative access to a subscriber services area where you can access a full range of usage statistics. The reports will be COUNTER compatible.

What kinds of reference linking does The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online use?

Currently Open URL linking is used. When you purchase your subscription, you will be given administrative access to a subscriber services area where you can add details of your link resolver.

What do I keep if I decide in the future to cancel my subscription?

If in the unlikely event you do wish to cancel your access, your options depend on how you have paid for The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online:

  • Subscription customers will no longer be able to access The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online but will have the opportunity to purchase a version for local hosting including all updates included up until the end of the subscription period.
  • Outright purchase customers can request a version for local hosting complete with all updates supplied to date.

What are your copyright terms for copying/coursepacks?

We waive copyright costs for personal and student course use.

Can users personalize content?

Users can easily add entries to their social bookmarking tools

Is the Companion online cross-linked with other resources on Blackwell Reference Online (BRO) or other platforms?

The Companion is housed on a micro-site of Blackwell Reference Online. If the Institution that purchases the Companion also subscribes to BRO, then the content of the Companion will be fully integrated into the BRO interface.

The entries do not cross-reference other resources on BRO. However, each entry is classified according to the same 5-facet classification system applied to all BRO content (subject, key topic, place, people, period) and is searchable along with the full BRO library purchased/subscribed to by the institution.

ALSO: Entries will link to related Compass journals—all under the control of the classification system. The same is true in reverse, that Compass users will see links to related entries in our other online encyclopedias. This is very exciting because no other publisher can offer this combination of resources.

The entries in the bibliography will be linked to the customer’s online collection. This means that, if a cited work exists in their collection, the user will be able to click through to it directly.

If the institution purchasing the online edition of the Companion also subscribes to BRO, they will enjoy a full range of library services to enable its seamless integration into the institution’s library:

  • Institutional usage reports compliant with the COUNTER Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works and ICOLC stands are provided.
  • Unlimited access through IP recognition, username/password, referring URL and Athens.
  • MARC records available to download
  • DOIs at book and chapter/entry level ensure permanent URLs for easy upload into the library’s OPAC system
  • Open URL technology is supported.
  • Institutions can also add their own institutional branding to the site

Is the Companion hosted on platform and url?

Content is hosted on a micro-site of Blackwell Reference Online (BRO). For institutions that do not subscribe to BRO, the content will be available on its own url. Contact us for more information about purchasing a subscription to Blackwell Reference Online.

Do you offer library card access to The Blackwell Companion to Phonology online?

Librarians or account administrators have the option to allow their users to access the Companion online using their library card. Please contact us if you would like to offer library card access to your users.



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