A Phonetics Workbook for Students Building a Foundation for Transcription

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-31
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Understanding how sounds form-and how sounds combine to create words- is imperative to learning how to transcribe speech phonetically. Taking a "meta" approach, A Phonetics Workbook for Studentsby Heidi Harbers prepares students to transcribe speech phonetically by helping them become aware of the sounds of English phonology. Following a systematic, learning-friendly organization, chapter's progress from awareness of sounds, to articulatory phonetics and IPA symbols, to transcription. Unlike other workbooks, its exercises are varied and challenging and develop both foundational and critical thinking skills. By teaching students how to develop both an ear and eye for phonetics, the workbook provides a superior foundation from which transcription skills can develop.

Author Biography

Heidi Harbers is an associate professor in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She teaches courses in clinical phonetics,  speech sound disorders, written language development , school-age language disorders, and early intervention.  Her clinical and research interests include phonological awareness and literacy skills in preschool and school-age children with and without communication disorders as well as efficacy in phonological intervention. She has presented her clinical research at state, national and international conferences. Prior to joining the faculty at ISU, Harbers taught at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. 

Table of Contents


1.      The English Phonology System: Syllables and Sounds

2.      The Orthography System

3.      Thinking about Sounds

4.      Term Review and Practice



5.      Overview

6.      Monophthongs: Front Vowels

7.      Monophthongs: Back Vowels

8.      Front and Back Vowels: Practice and Review

9.      Monophthongs: Central Vowels

10.  Diphthongs

11.  Controlled −R Diphthongs

12.  Term Review and Practice



13.  Overview

14.  Stop-plosives

15.  Fricatives

16.  Affricates

17.  Nasals

18.  Liquids

19.  Glides

20.  Term Review and Practice


UNIT 4: Transcription: The Details

21.  Overview of Transcription

22.  Stress





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