Note: This is a 2009 re-issue of the original book.
In this monograph, the first to be exclusively concerned with a model of
phonological structure that is becoming increasingly influential, Heinz
Giegerich pursues two major aims. First, he explores the theoretical
foundations of ‘metrical phonology’ and in so doing suggests that the
current model should be significantly simplified: auxiliary devices such as
‘prosodic categories’, ‘metrical grids’ and segmental stress features are
shown to be unnecessary in this study. Secondly, he applies the model to a
wide range of German and English data and in particular provides a detailed
account of the stress patterns of German words - native and nonnative,
morphologically simple and complex. The many similarities between German
and English phonological structure are thereby strikingly illustrated. The
book’s clarity of exposition will enable readers not wholly familiar with
metrical phonology to appreciate fully the elegance of this model in,
arguably, its most basic form.