Fundamentals of Phonetics : A Practical Guide for Students

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Phonetics is an auditory-based skill that can only be acquired through listening and pronouncing. So one may wonder whether learning about phonetics from a book is the most effective way to understand it. This is what makes Small's Fundamentals of Phonetics unique -- it is not just a book, but an entire learning package, offering a CD-ROM and audio cassettes which enhance and enliven phonetic understanding for all readers. A refreshingly unique and thorough book, offering a practice-based approach. The focus of this book is on learning the skills necessary for expert phonetic transcription of individuals with disordered speech. In addition, this book emphasizes issues tied to linguistic phonetics with an introduction to clinical phonetics, and issues involving dialectal variation of speech. Each chapter is followed by an abundance of exercises that help readers apply the material presented. Without auditory examples, it is difficult for readers to develop first-hand recognition experience with dialects, word stress, and production of certain speech sounds. The CD-ROM, included with the book, and the supplemental audio cassette tapes, enable readers to listen to examples and absorb additional information. Phonics specialists, linguists, speech pathologists, and instructors and researchers in these fields.

Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with Review Exercises, Study Questions, and Assignments
Phonetics: A Sound Science
Variation in Phonetic Practice
The Phonetic Representation of English
The Difference between Spelling and Sound
Distinctive Features
Allophones: Members of a Phoneme Family
Systematic versus Impressionistic Transcription
Word Stress
Anatomy of the Speech Mechanism
The Respiratory System and Respiration
The Laryngeal System and Phonation
The Supralaryngeal System and Articulation
The Vocal Tract and Resonance
Vowel Transcription
What Is a Vowel?
The English Vowels
Consonant Transcription
What Is a Consonant?
Vowels versus Consonants
Manner, Place, and Voicing
The English Consonants
Connected Speech
The Suprasegmental Aspects of Speech
Clinical Phonetics
Overview of the Clinical Process
Typical Phonological Development
Phonological Processes
Children with Phonological Disorders
Allophonic Transcription of Speech
Placement of Diacritics in Transcription
The extIPA
Suggestions for Transcription
Dialectial Variation
Regional Dialects
Southern American English
Eastern American English
Social and Ethnic Dialects
African American Vernacular English
Learning English as a Second Language
Spanish-Influenced English
Asian/Pacific-Influenced English
Answers to Questions
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