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For all you erudite linguists. I have been studying Spanish linguistics and am basically ignorant about English. Is there a good foundational textbook that has, for example, a complete list of English phonemes and their associated allophones? I am starting to think comparatively and this Spanish one-sidedness is starting to annoy.

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Origins and Development of the English Language by John Algeo (and Carmen Butcher in the latest edition) is a pretty standard textbook/reference I think.  I read it in a class I took a while ago on the history of the English language.  It's a pretty good reference book to keep on the shelf too.  Older editions (the newest being the 7th) are cheaper.

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