Practical Introduction to Phonetics

ISBN-10: 0199246351
ISBN-13: 9780199246359
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
Authors: J. C. Catford
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Book details

List price: $81.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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 universalsound-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 designUpdated usage of phonetic symobls in line with the most recent International Phonetic Alphabet Chart (1996)Revisions to 9 figuresText updated and clarified for ease of readingRevised further reading section with recent publications and more attention to aerodynamics, acoustics, and prosodiesNew references to the most important new publications

Introduction
Basic components of speech
Phonation: A third basic component
Articulation: Stricture types
Articulation: Locations
Co-articulation and sequences
Vowels: Introduction
The cardinal vowels
Prosodic features
Sound systems of languages
Review
For further reading
References
Appendix: The International Phonetic Alphabet
Index

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