Sounds of Spanish

ISBN-10: 0521545382
ISBN-13: 9780521545389
Edition: 2005
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Description: This accessible textbook provides a clear introduction to the sounds of Spanish, designed specifically for English-speaking students of the language. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it explains from scratch the fundamentals of phonetics  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2005
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 333
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

This accessible textbook provides a clear introduction to the sounds of Spanish, designed specifically for English-speaking students of the language. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it explains from scratch the fundamentals of phonetics (the study of sounds) and phonology (the study of sound systems) and describes in detail the phonetic and phonological characteristics of Spanish as it is spoken in both Spain and Latin America. Topics covered include consonants, vowels, acoustics, stress, syllables, intonation, and aspects of variation within Spanish. Clear comparisons are made between the sounds of Spanish and those of English, and students are encouraged to put theory into practice with over fifty graded exercises. Setting a solid foundation in the description and analysis of Spanish sounds, The Sounds of Spanish will help students improve their pronunciation of the language, and will also be useful to those studying the linguistic structure of Spanish for the first time. All the sounds described in this book are demonstrated on The Sounds of Spanish Audio CD included with this book.

Introduction
Variation in Spanish pronunciation
Consonants and vowels
Acoustic characterization of the main classes of Spanish speech sounds
The syllable
Main phonological processes
Vowels
Plosives
Fricatives and affricates
Nasals
Liquids (laterals and rhotics)
Main morphophonological alternations
Stress
Intonation
Appendixes
Glossary

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