Vowels and Consonants

ISBN-10: 1444334298
ISBN-13: 9781444334296
Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 2/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 6.80" wide x 9.80" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This popular and accessible introduction to phonetics has been fully updated for its third edition and now includes an accompanying website. While maintaining Peter Ladefogeds expert writing and knowledge of sounds in language, Sandy Disner brings essential updates on topics such as speech technology. It outlines the acoustic components of speech and demonstrates speech synthesis describes text-to-speech systems and show how speech recognition systems work, and includes descriptions of the sounds of a wide variety of languages that are introduced on the accompanying website. The third edition also includes updates in speech technology.

Table of Web Content
Author�s Preface from the First Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments from the Previous Editions
The International Phonetic Alphabet
Sounds and Languages
Languages Come and Go
The Evolving Sounds of Languages
Language and Speech
Describing Speech Sounds
Summary
Pitch and Loudness
Tones
English Intonation
The Vocal Folds
Loudness Differences
Summary
Vowel Contrasts
Sets of Vowels and Standard Forms of a Language
English Vowels
Summary
The Sounds of Vowels
Acoustic Structure of Vowels
The Acoustic Vowel Space
Spectrographic Displays
Summary
Charting Vowels
Formants One and Two
Accents of English
Formant Three
Summary
The Sounds of Consonants
Consonant Contrasts
Stop Consonants
Approximants
Nasals
Fricatives
Summary
Acoustic Components of Speech
The Principal Acoustic Components
Synthesizing Speech
Summary
Talking Computers
Words in Context
Our Implicit Knowledge
Synthesizing Sounds from a Phonetic Transcription
Applications
Summary
Listening Computers
Patterns of Sound
The Basis of Computer Speech Recognition
Special Context Speech Recognizers
Recognizing Running Speech
Different Accents and Different Voices
More for the Computationally Curious
Summary
How We Listen to Speech
Confusable Sounds
Sound Prototypes
Tackling the Problem
Finding Words
Social Interactions
Summary
Further Reading and Sources
Making English Consonants
Acoustics and Articulation
The Vocal Organs
Places and Manners of Articulation
Describing Consonants
Summary
Making English Vowels
Movements of the Tongue and Lips for Vowels
Muscles Controlling the Tongue and Lips
Traditional Descriptions of Vowels
Summary
Actions of the Larynx
The Larynx
Voiced and Voiceless Sounds
Voicing and Aspiration
Glottal Stops
Breathy Voice
Creaky Voice
Further Differences in Vocal Fold Vibrations
Ejectives
Implosives
Recording Data from the Larynx
Summary
Consonants Around the World
Phonetic Fieldwork
Well-Known Consonants
More Places of Articulation
More Manners of Articulation
Clicks
Summary
Vowels Around the World
Types of Vowels
Lip Rounding
Nasalized Vowels
Voice Quality
Summary
Putting Vowels and Consonants Together
The Speed of Speech
Slips of the Tongue
The Alphabet
The International Phonetic Alphabet
Contrasting Sounds
Features that Matter within a Language
Summary
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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