Phonetics For Dummies

Bonus instructional videos, video quizzes, and other content available online for download on the product page for this book.

Author: William F. Katz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118505083

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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The clear and easy way to get a handle on the science of speech The science of how people produce and perceive speech, phonetics has an array of real-world applications, from helping engineers create an authentic sounding Irish or Canadian accent for a GPS voice, to assisting forensics investigators identifying the person whose voice was caught on tape, to helping a film actor make the transition to the stage. Phonetics is a required course among students of speech pathology and linguistics, and it's a popular elective among students of telecommunications and forensics. The first popular guide to this fascinating discipline, Phonetics For Dummies is an excellent overview of the field for students enrolled in introductory phonetics courses and an ideal introduction for anyone with an interest in the field. Bonus instructional videos, video quizzes, and other content available online for download on the product page for this book.

Uni Wissen Phonetics and Phonology

A knowledge of the phonetics and phonology of English can improve the student's understanding of native speakers of English. Similarly, the English of ...

Author: John F. Davis

Publisher: Klett Lerntraining bei PONS

ISBN: 9783129391112

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

View: 576


This book is intended for beginning students of English as a gentle introduction to the fascinating world of the sound of language with particular reference to English. The text has been kept simple with technical terms explained as soon as they are used, so that students with no particular knowledge of the subject can easily find their way around. Sicher im Studium - die Reihe mit dem Grundlagenwissen sämtlicher Teildisziplinen des Studienfachs Anglistik / Amerikanistik Uni-Wissen Anglistik/Germanistik bietet Ihnen - das relevante Überblickswissen zum Thema - eine systematische, verständliche und kompakte Aufbereitung - die zuverlässige Grundlage für die zielgerichtete, schnelle und effektive Prüfungsvorbereitung

A Test in Phonetics

Why introduce this new subject and add to the number of books they have to read and the number of examinations they have to pass before they can get their degree?

Author: B. Siertsema

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401177528

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 87

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If Phonetics is a comparatively recent subject for European students of foreign languages and is eyed by them with some sus picion as an invention that is meant to make their studies difficult, it is even more so with English Phonetics for African students. Have not Africans been learning English for over a century, and with good results in many cases, without giving a thought to its phonetics? Why introduce this new subject and add to the number of books they have to read and the number of examinations they have to pass before they can get their degree? Yet if the study of a foreign language is to be up to date its phonetics cannot be neglected; on the contrary, it is as important as the study of its spelling, if not more so. With the invention of radio and telephone, of gramophone and tape-recorders, the importance of the spoken word has increased immensely and it is far more essential now than it was a hundred years ago that those who learn a foreign language should learn to speak it properly. Thus a new subject has been added to the schedule of language students and teachers: the study and practice of the sounds of the language, and for the teachers also the study of how to teach these sounds.


This book is intended for essential reading for students, teachers, and teacher trainers of linguistics and language studies.

Author: Peter Roach

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0194372391

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 116

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This book is intended for essential reading for students, teachers, and teacher trainers of linguistics and language studies.

Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology

Variation and gradience in phonetics and phonology This book brings together researchers from sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology to provide an ...

Author: Frank K Gler

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110219319

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 430

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This book provides an overview of current issues in variation and gradience in phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics. It contributes to the growing interest in gradience and variation in theoretical phonology by combing research on the factors underlying variability and systematic quantitative results with theoretical phonological considerations. Variation is inherent to language, and one of the aims of phonological theory is to describe and explain the mechanisms underlying variation at every level of phonological representation. Variation below the segment concerns articulatory, acoustic.

Speech Acoustics and Phonetics

perception of radically different distal objects: phonetic structures in a talker's head oracousticevents and objects in the outside world.

Author: Gunnar Fant

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402057465

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 252


Presents an integrated view of the separate stages of the speech chain, covering the production process, speech data analysis, and speech perception. This book contains 19 articles organized in 6 chapters such as: Speech research overview with a historical outline, Speech production and synthesis, The voice source, Speech perception, and Prosody.

Practical Phonetics and Phonology

Phonemic and phonetic transcription One of the most useful applications of phonetics is to provide transcription to indicate pronunciation .

Author: Beverley Collins

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415261341

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 267

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Practical Phonetics and Phonology: presents the essentials of the subject in a lively way whilst stressing the day-to-day applications of phonetics and phonology covers all the core concepts of speech science such as: the phoneme, syllable structure, production of speech, vowel and consonant possibilities, glottal settings, stress, rhythm, intonation and the surprises of connected speech incorporates classic readings from key names in the discipline including David Abercrombie, David Crystal, Dennis Fry, Daniel Jones, Peter Ladefoged, and Steven Pinker includes an audio CD containing a collection of samples provided by genuine speakers of twenty-five accent varieties from Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Singapore and West Africa. New features of this edition include: new readings by Peter Trudgill and John Wells; a section on English orthography; an appendix of websites dealing with phonetics and accents of English; revised and updated activities and examples. The accompanying CD now includes: British Estuary English and New York English. The second edition of Practical Phonetics and Phonologywill appeal to all students of English language and linguistics and those training for a certificate in TEFL. The accompanying website to this book can be found at:

Speech Physiology Speech Perception and Acoustic Phonetics

This “ many - to - one mapping , " i.e. many acoustic cues signalling one phonetic dimension ( Lisker et al . , 1977 ) , provides a challenge for those ...

Author: Philip Lieberman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521313570

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 249

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This analysis of speech ranges from clarifying physiological, biological and neurological bases of speech through defining the principles of electrical and computer models of speech production.

Preliminaries to Linguistic Phonetics

Introduction This book is about some of the phonetic events that occur in the languages of the world . The data described consist mainly of contrasts ...

Author: Peter Ladefoged

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226467872

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 122

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This book is about some of the phonetic events that occur in the languages of the world. The data described consist mainly of contrasts observable at the systematic phonetic level in a wide variety of languages.

Advances in Phonetics

Proceedings of the International Phonetic Sciences Conference (IPS), Bellingham, WA, June 27-30, 1998 International Phonetic Sciences Conference Angelika ...

Author: International Phonetic Sciences Conference

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 3515076557

Category: History

Page: 144

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Inhalt: S. P. Whiteside / C. Hodgson: Development of Motor Speech S. P. Whiteside / R. A. Varley: Dual-Route Phonetic Encoding R. A. Varley / S. P. Whiteside: Evidence from Apraxia of Speech N. O. Schiller: Masked Priming of Sublexical Units J. Esling / J. A. W. Clayards: Laryngoscopic Analysis of Pharyngeal Articulations and Larynx-Height Voice Quality Settings A. Krasovitsky: Russian Vocalic Systems with Vowel Discordance H. Hollien / K. Liljegren / C. A. Martin / G. DeJong: Prediction of Intoxication Levels by Speech Analysis R. P. Dixit: Tongue-Palate Contact Patterns of Hindi H. Hollien / K. Nielson: Problems Created when Vowels Are Sung at Very High Pitches R. Garrison-Tull: Understanding Performance Problems of Cold-Speech in Automatic Speaker Recognition Systems S. Werner / M. Vainio: Standardized Comparison of Intonation Models D. Horga: The Long-Term Average Spectrum as a Measure of Voice Quality in L1 and L2 Speakers J. Rosenhouse: Pronunciation of Foreign Proper Names in Speakers of American English S. S. Sarma / S. S. Agrawal: Hindi Speech Data Bases for Research in Speech Recognition and Synthesis D. Stewart / J. Ming / F. J. Smith: Automatic Syllabification with Application to Continuous Speech Recognition "This book is an impressive collection of the most current work in the field. ... The editor, Dr. Braun, has done an excellent job of putting theses papers together in an easy-to-read format and capturing the essence of the IPS-98 meeting. The topics have a broad appeal and will familiarize the reader with the types of research currently going on in several areas of Phonetics. It is unusual to find a volume that demonstrates such diversity of topics with a common underlying theme. This book would be of great value to researchers and students alike." The Phonetician .

Basics of Phonetics and English Phonology

The book is designed for German non-native speakers of English, as specific difficulties in practical pronunciation are highlighted, but it can equally be used by any student interested in the mechanisms of spoken English.

Author: Frank Lorenz

Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH

ISBN: 9783832531096

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

View: 99


Basics of Phonetics and English Phonology is a textbook for students of English, designed for students following BA foundation courses as no prior knowledge of linguistics is required. It provides students with a sound understanding of the principles of phonetics in general, but also with a special focus on English phonology. In addition, the exercises offer systematic practical training in IPA transcription. The book is designed for German non-native speakers of English, as specific difficulties in practical pronunciation are highlighted, but it can equally be used by any student interested in the mechanisms of spoken English. The transcription exercises at the end of each chapter are both in British and US American standard pronunciation.

Introducing Phonetics and Phonology

This book examines some of the ways in which linguists can express what native speakers know about the sound system of their language.

Author: Mike Davenport

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134672493

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

View: 202


This book examines some of the ways in which linguists can express what native speakers know about the sound system of their language. Intended for the absolute beginner, it requires no previous background in linguistics, phonetics or phonology. Starting with a grounding in phonetics and phonological theory, the book provides a base from which more advanced treatments may be approached. It begins with an examination of the foundations of articulatory and acoustic phonetics, moves on to the basic principles of phonology, and ends with an outline of some further issues within contemporary phonology. Varieties of English, particularly Received Pronunciation and General American, form the focus of consideration, but aspects of the phonetics and phonology of other languages are discussed as well. This new edition includes more discussion of Optimality Theory and a new glossary of terms. It has been updated throughout to take account of the latest developments in phonological theory, but without sacrificing the book's ease of use for beginners.

Fundamentals of Phonetics Phonology and Tonology

Preface and acknowledgements This book presents and discusses the areas of phonetics and phonology ( including tonology ) . As the title indicates , it is ...

Author: Rose-Juliet Anyanwu

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 363157746X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 329

View: 125


This book is, to some extent, a reference work uniting theory and description. It comprises four structured parts: Phonetics, Phonology, Tonology, and Specific African Sound Patterns. By means of concrete examples, the book describes and compares a wide range of basic and current issues and facts that are of utmost relevance for all persons working on language or linguistics as well as in related fields. The book provides core instruments needed and used in the study of phonology and phonological analyses. It discusses modern phonological theories. Phonological issues and processes, such as vowel harmony, assimilation, dissimilation, lenition, as well as fortition are explained. Prosodic topics, such as tone, stress, pitch, and intonation are considered. Issues in tonology include tonological analysis, tonal behaviour and rules. Special attention is given to specific sounds found in African languages.


Phonetics is traditionally subdivided into three areas: articulatory phonetics concerns the way in which speech is produced and requires an understanding of ...

Author: Henning Reetz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118712955

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 392

View: 831


An accessible yet in-depth introductory textbook on the basic concepts of phonetics, fully updated and revised This broad, interdisciplinary textbook investigates how speech can be written down, how speech is produced, its acoustic characteristics, and how listeners perceive speech. Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception introduces readers to the fundamental concepts of the discipline, providing coverage of all four areas of phonetics. This comprehensive textbook also familiarizes readers with concepts from other disciplines related to phonetics—such as physiology, anatomy, and psychology—through relatable, real-life examples. Now in its second edition, the text has been substantially revised to improve clarity and currency, based on student feedback received by the authors over the past decade. Brief “Nutshell” introductions have been added to all chapters to provide a clear overview of key points within the body of the text. Expanded content to this new edition examines voice quality, the acoustic correlates of different phonation types, intonation, and different theories of speech perception. Written in a clear and concise style by two of the field’s leading scholars, this textbook: Covers related relevant areas, including vocal fold vibration and the physiology of the ear Offers examples from other languages to highlight aspects of phonetics not found in English Includes chapter-by-chapter exercises, engaging illustrations, and a detailed glossary Features a companion website containing additional resources such as figures and sound files Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception, 2nd Edition is an ideal text for both introductory and advanced courses in phonetics and speech science, general linguistics, related disciplines such as psychology, speech pathology, and audiology, and for anyone interested to learn about how we speak and hear.


A phonetic transcription, therefore, providesan easily accessible tool forexamining articulatory aspects ofspeech sounds.Later on in this chapter, ...

Author: Martin J Ball

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134635955

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 239

View: 291


In their comprehensive new introduction to phonetics, Ball and Rahilly offer a detailed explanation of the process of speech production, from the anatomical initiation of sounds and their modification in the larynx, through to the final articulation of vowels and consonants in the oral and nasal tracts. This textbook is one of the few to give a balanced account of segmental and suprasegmental aspects of speech, showing clearly that the communication chain is incomplete without accurate production of both individual speech sounds (segmental features) and aspects such as stress and intonation (suprasegmental features). Throughout the book the authors provide advice on transcription, primarily using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Students are expertly guided from basic attempts to record speech sounds on paper, to more refined accounts of phonetic detail in speech. The authors go on to explain acoustic phonetics in a manner accessible both to new students in phonetics, and to those who wish to advance their knowledge of key pursuits in the area, including the sound spectrograph. They describe how speech waves can be measured, as well as considering how they are heard and decoded by listeners, discussing both physiological and neurological aspects of hearing and examining the methods of psychoacoustic experimentation. A range of instrumentation for studying speech production is also presented. The next link is acoustic phonetics, the study of speech transmission. Here the authors introduce the basic concepts of sound acoustics and the instrumentation used to analyse the characteristics of speech waves. Finally, the chain is completed by examining auditory phonetics, and providing a fascinating psychoacoustic experimentation, used to determine what parts of the speech signal are most crucial for listener understanding. The book concludes with a comprehensive survey and description of modern phonetic instrumentation, from the sound spectrograph to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Pronunciation and Phonetics

Phonetics Ball, M. and Rahilly, J. (1999). Phonetics: The science of speech. London: Arnold. A good introduction for anyone wanting to explore the physical ...

Author: Adam Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317935698

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 312

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This engaging, succinct text is an introduction to both phonetics and phonology as applied to the teaching of pronunciation to English language learners. Section 1 selectively covers the main areas of phonetics and phonology, without going into any area in more depth than the average English language teacher requires or that the average English language teacher trainee can handle. Section 2 focuses on practical issues related to learners and how they learn languages, and what represents good practice in terms of classroom activities for pronunciation—including aspects such as targets, motivation and priorities. The chapters end with activities to help the reader understand concepts. Section 3 provides innovative sample activities which put into practice the theoretical points covered in the first two sections, answers to the various exercises, recommended further reading (both print and non-print), a glossary of technical phonetic terms, and a bibliography of works on pronunciation teaching. The text is accompanied by a Companion Website with audio recordings of model pronunciations and audio material relating to the activities.

English Phonetics and Phonology

New to this edition is a chapter on the relationship between English spelling and pronunciation, and pre-existing chapters on rhythm, word stress, and varieties of English worldwide have been completely revised to offer a more extensive ...

Author: Philip Carr

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405134545

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

View: 728


The second edition of the popular English Phonetics and Phonology textbook has been extensively updated and expanded to offer greater flexibility for teachers and increased support for non-native speakers studying the sound systems of English. An ideal introduction to the study of the sound systems of English, designed for those with no previous knowledge of the subject Second edition now rigorously updated and expanded to reflect feedback from existing students and to increase support for non-native speakers of English Benefits from a useful introduction to articulatory phonetics, along with coverage of the main aspects of the phonological structure of present-day English Features a completely new chapter on the relationship between English spelling and pronunciation, extended coverage of intonation, and extensive revisions to sections on rhythm, word stress, intonation and varieties of English worldwide Will include invaluable chapter-by-chapter exercises, linked to sound files available on the accompanying website at (available upon publication)


For instance, the English word pool may be transcribed as [phul], [phwul], [phuɫ] or [phwuɫ] depending on the number of known phonetic properties the ...

Author: Ratree Wayland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108304597

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Speech is the most effective medium humans use to exchange and transmit knowledge, ideas and experiences. It exists physiologically as neural and muscular activity, and subsequent articulatory, acoustic and auditory events, and as an abstract, rule-governed system at the psychological level. Together, both levels produce communication by speech. To appreciate speech and its communicative function, all of its characteristics must be understood. This book offers the most comprehensive and accessible coverage of the three areas of phonetics: articulatory, acoustic, and auditory or speech perception. Students without a linguistics background can be daunted by phonetics, so clear language is used to define linguistics and phonetics concepts with examples and illustrations to ensure understanding. Furthermore, each chapter concludes with comprehension exercises to reinforce understanding. Online exercises and recordings of speech stimuli from various languages provide additional opportunity to hone perception, production, phonetic transcription skills and acoustic analysis measurement practice.

Experimental Phonetics

Journal of Phonetics 2, 125-143. Hombert, J.-M., J. J. Ohala and W. G. Ewan (1979). Phonetic explanations for the development of tones. Language 55, 37-58.

Author: Katrina Hayward

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317887720

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 314

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Understanding Phonetics

The crucial point here, however, is that unless we are using phonetics as a means to an end in a study of phonaesthetic judgements, for example, ...

Author: Patricia Ashby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134646173

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 244

View: 546


Assuming little or no background knowledge and using original examples and exercises (with answers supplied), Understanding Phonetics provides you with an accessible introduction to the basics of phonetics and a comprehensive analysis of traditional phonetic theory - the articulation and physical characteristics of speech sounds. Examples from a wide range of languages are presented throughout using symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet. To help you develop your skills in this alphabet, Understanding Phonetics includes ear-training exercises that are freely available online, along with audio files of authentic listening material, for you to download from Understanding Phonetics outlines the production of consonants, vowels, phonation types, pitch and intonation, and aspects of connected speech. Reading through chapter by chapter, you will see your knowledge develop as you engage in the step-by-step phonetic study of a selected word. Understanding Phonetics is designed to be used not only as a class textbook but also for self-study. It can be read systematically or used for reference purposes.