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A Course in Phonetics, International Edition (with CD-ROM) [Paperback]

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29 April 2010
Phonetics is so understandable with A COURSE IN PHONETICS, International Edition and its CD! This best-selling text gets undergraduates painlessly into the subdiscipline of phonetics. Attuning your ear and practicing speech sounds is easy with the CD-ROM; over 4,000 audio files include many versions of English and almost 100 other languages. The CD also contains material for every chapter--recordings of words in the tables and performance exercises--and maps with links to sounds of the languages spoken in various areas of the world.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wadworth; 6 International ed edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1428231277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428231276
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PART I: INTRODUCTORY CONCEPTS. 1.Articulation and Acoustics. Speech Production. Sound Waves. Places of Articulatory Gestures. The Oro-Nasal Process. Manners of Articulation. The Waveforms of Consonants. The Articulation of Vowel Sounds. The Sounds of Vowels. Suprasegmentals. Exercises. 2. Phonology and Phonetic Transcription. The Transcription of Consonants. The Transcription of Vowels. Consonant and Vowel Charts. Phonology. Exercises. Performance Exercises. PART II: ENGLISH PHONETICS. 3. The Consonants of English. Stop Consonants. Fricatives. Affricates. Nasals. Approximants. Overlapping Gestures. Rules for English Consonant Allophones. Diacritics. Exercises. Performance Exercises. 4. English Vowels. Transcription and Phonetic Dictionaries. Vowel Quality. The Auditory Vowel Space. American and British Vowels. Diphthongs. Rhotic Vowels. Unstressed Syllables. Tense and Lax Vowels. Rules for English Vowel Allophones. Exercises. Performance Exercises. 5. English Words and Sentences. Words in Connected Speech. Stress. Degrees of Stress. Sentence Rhythm. Intonation. Target Tones. Exercises. Performance Exercises. PART III: GENERAL PHONETICS. 6. Airstream Mechanisms and Phonation Types. Airstream Mechanisms. States of the Glottis. Voice Onset Time. Summary of Actions of the Glottis. Exercises. Performance Exercises. 7. Consonantal Gestures. Articulatory Targets. Types of Articulatory Gestures. Summary of Manners of Articulation. Exercises. Performance Exercises. 8. Acoustic Phonetics. Source/Filter Theory. Tube Models. Perturbation Theory. Acoustic Analysis. Acoustics of Consonants. Interpreting Spectrograms. Individual Differences. Exercises. 9. Vowels and Vowel-like Articulations. Cardinal Vowels. Secondary Cardinal Vowels. Vowels in Other Accents of English. Vowels in Other Languages. Advanced Tongue Root. Rhotacized Vowels. Nasalization. Summary of Vowel Quality. Semivowels. Secondary Articulatory Gestures. Exercises. Performance Exercises. 10. Syllables and Suprasegmental Features. Syllables. Stress. Length. Timing. Intonation and Tone. Stress, Tone, and Pitch Accent Languages. Exercises. Performance Exercises. 11. Linguistic Phonetics. Phonetics of the Community and of the Individual. The International Phonetic Alphabet. Feature Hierarchy. A Problem with Linguistic Explanations. Controlling Articulatory Movements. Memory for Speech. The Balance between Phonetic Forces. Performance Exercises. APPENDIX A: Additional Material for Transcription. APPENDIX B: Suggestions for Contributors to the Journal of the International Phonetic Association. NOTES. GLOSSARY. FURTHER READING. INDEX.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's no better book for learning phonetics 4 Dec 2002
Ladefoged is one of the world's best phonetics teachers, and this book does not disappoint. Phonetics is by nature a practical science, where listening, identifying and describing speech sounds (and the ability to produce them, as well!) are key skills. Because of this, you might wonder how you could really learn them from a book. The answer is that Ladefoged explains things so well, you'll find yourself practicing all sorts of new sounds within minutes of opening the book.
He starts off in the first chapter by describing the vocal tract and the place and ways that we produce sounds. The second chapter discusses phonetic and phonological transcription, and introduces the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). Chapters 3, 4 and 5 deal with English: vowels, consonants and words and sentences (respectively). The next chapter deals with phonation types and airstream mechanisms. The seventh chapter looks at place and manner of articulation. Chapter 8 gives a basic introduction to acoustic phonetics, including spectrogram analysis. Chapter 9 looks more at vowels, and then at vowel-like articulations. The tenth chapter considers syllables and other suprasegmental features. Chapter 11 deals with linguistic phonetics, looking into how phonetics makes languages the way they are (ultimately relating to language change).
In each of these chapters, Ladefoged assumes nothing more than a good command of English and an basic awareness of the major differences between American and British English, and teaches you everything. Experiences with other languages is useful, and his approach uses English primarily as teaching reference rather than a focus. The IPA is used from the beginning, and the front and back inside cover are devoted to its chart. There are exercises at the end of each chapter, including "production exercises", giving you a chance to practice and learn all of the concepts previously discussed. In short, the book is excellent and I cannot recommend it more highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone wanting to understand speech 9 Aug 1999
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A really excellent book, the maximum amount of infromation in the minimum space, supported by a set of relevant examples. I have used it with a number of people who have needed to gain a good understanding of speech in English and other languages to work in speech analysis and speech synthesis. All of the readers have praised the book and all have said that not only did they find the book useful, they found it really interesting as well. A genuine 5 crown book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serves it's purpose!! 23 Aug 2003
At times, a rather difficult read, but reading over a couple of times can make all the difference. Does exactly what it says on the tin: 'A Course in Phonetics'. The book basically gives you a course in phonetics. The book contains everything you need to know for the study of Phonetics, including all the relevant tables you need to have. I found the book extremely helpful and could not have completed my degree without it. Throughout the book, Peter Ladefoged gives you the step-by-step guide, starting from easy to hard, of all the existing speech sounds, with instructions on how to pronounce them yourself. At the end of each chapter there are exercises to complete, to make sure you fully understand what you have just read and practiced. A recommended book for anyone interested in Phonetics, or who are planning to study it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 6 Dec 2012
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clear consise and easy to read a great help on my course and with my essays i would reccommend again
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