considers social and stylistic variation.
The author's approach is through a clear, pragmatic version of orthodox Optimality Theory and is informed by close attention to articulatory phonetics. He includes a substantial account of post-lexical (phrasal) phonology and has designed his approach to be of maximum use to those seeking either to understand the phonology and morphology of Catalan and its varieties or to set these within a comparative or typological perspective. After an introduction to the varieties of Catalan the author
devotes chapters to segment inventories; syllable structure; phrasal phonology; coda voicing; coda place; cluster reduction; epenthesis; stress and prosody; word phonology and allomorphy; and the syllabification of pronominal clitics. The book is fully referenced and contains a comprehensive
bibliography. It is likely to be the standard account of its subject for many years. - ;The book is beautifully produced...it is a virtue of this book that it is bound to inspire readers coming from different theoretical perspectives to explore other possibilities of analysis. - Jose Ignacio Hualde, Phonology