A Practical Introduction to Phonetics

A Practical Introduction to Phonetics

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An understanding of phonetics - of the mechanisms of speech, of how the sounds of language are produced, and of how they can be analysed and classified - is an essential acquirement for all those who have to deal with language and languages either theoretically or practically.
This book is an introduction to general phonetics which explores the entire range of human sounds, systematically covering all types of modification of speech (breath, voice, whisper, creak, etc.), articulation (the ways in which the air stream is finally modulated to generate specific types of sound), and prosodic features (stress, syllable, tone, intonation, etc.). In addition, there is a chapter on sound systems - the ways in which particular languages utilize and systematize the universal
sound-producing potential of man.
The entire range of phonetic categories is introduced in 124 'experiments', to be carried out in the readrer's own vocal tract. In this way, the reader acquires a personal awareness of the principles of phonetic analysis and classification rather than a merely intellectual knowledge of them. This highly practical approach is informed throughout by recent research, particularly in the aerodynamics and acoustics of speech.
NEW TO THE SECOND EDITION:

New format and text design
Updated usage of phonetic symobls in line with the most recent International Phonetic Alphabet Chart (1996)
Revisions to 9 figures
Text updated and clarified for ease of reading
Revised further reading section with recent publications and more attention to aerodynamics, acoustics, and prosodies
New references to the most important new publications
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 173 x 246 x 13mm | 411g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous figures
  • 0199246351
  • 9780199246359
  • 153,031

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Basic components of speech ; 3. Phonation: A third basic component ; 4. Articulation: Stricture types ; 5. Articulation: Locations ; 6. Co-articulation and sequences ; 7. Vowels: Introduction ; 8. The cardinal vowels ; 9. Prosodic features ; 10. Sound systems of languages ; 11. Review ; For further reading ; References ; Appendix: The International Phonetic Alphabet ; Index
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Review from previous edition 'an introduction to general phonetics that integrates the articulatory and the acoustic aspects of the subject in a way that few other introductory works do; that gives a comprehensive view of the whole subject' Kritikon Litterarum
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Review from previous edition 'an introduction to general phonetics that integrates the articulatory and the acoustic aspects of the subject in a way that few other introductory works do; that gives a comprehensive view of the whole subject' * Kritikon Litterarum *
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About J. C. Catford

J. C. Catford is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Michigan.
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