Calvert's Descriptive Phonetics / Edition 3

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Now in its third edition, Calvert's Descriptive Phonetics is more lively and up-to-date than ever. This edition retains the focus and clinical applicability of previous editions, while adding new information, examples, and exercises to enhance student understanding.

Ideal for either a one- or two-semester course, Calvert's Descriptive Phonetics encompasses the broad range of introductory topics, such as basic consonant and vowel transcription, narrow transcription, suprasegmental features, and dialect variations. The accompanying Descriptive Phonetics Transcription Workbook, includes numerous listening and transcription exercises as well as a CD-ROM to facilitate practice outside the classroom.

Highlights of this revised edition:

  • Helpful glossary and review questions at the end of every chapter
  • The most up-to-date analysis of dialect variations
  • Workbook and CD-ROM to help your students develop listening and transcription skills
  • Updated chapters to reflect the most current information in the field, from suprasegmental effects to multicultural variations dialects

Coupled with its state-of-the-art workbook, Calvert's Descriptive Phonetics streamlines learning and facilitates subject mastery. It is an effective teaching tool and a valuable resource, providing all the necessary tools to further phonetics and transcription proficiency.

Intro. to orthographic systems, speech production mechanisms & processes, standards/dialects/defective speech.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nelda S Richards, Ph.D., CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: This comprehensive resource covers phonetic transcription and basic acoustic phonetics. The workbook and CD-ROM provide practice listening to using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Purpose: This is a valuable tool in helping students learn to use the International Phonetic Alphabet for clinical purposes.
Audience: This is geared for students in speech-language pathology and related fields such as linguistics and English as a Second Language (ESL). It is designed to be used with students who are just beginning their studies in this field. The book with the accompanying workbook and CD-ROM are well suited to this population. They target not only the IPA symbols and the diacritic marks, but provide activities that target several important prerequisite skills. The authors have taken a classic, well-respected text and updated it.
Features: The book covers all important aspects of phonetic transcription and acoustic phonetics and is organized in a logical way that facilitates student learning. The workbook enhances the text and the CD-ROM allows important practice listening to and using the skills. The CD-ROM is thorough and easy to use. While this book is similar to other phonetics texts, the CD-ROM makes it more useful for students. It allows the instructor to assign practice as homework. Two shortcomings: the activities on the CD-ROM and in the workbook should be referenced more clearly. It would be helpful if tracks were noted in the workbook or the page number of the text indicated on the CD-ROM. Also, in our introductory phonetics course we cover normal articulation development. If this publication were used, I would have to require an additional text to cover that.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for teaching students (particularly those in speech and hearing) the important skill of phonetic transcription of normal and disordered speech. The texts in this field are quite similar. I have taught from Clinical Phonetics, by Shriberg and Kent (Allyn & Bacon, 2003), Applied Phonetics: The Sounds of American English, by Edwards (Thomson Delmar Learning, 2003) and Fundamentals of Phonetics: A Practical Guide for Students, by Small (Allyn & Bacon, 1998). I use the Small text now and find that its only drawback is the limited number of activities on its CD-ROM. I prefer the way it covers typical phonological development and phonological processes.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588900197
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 11/25/2003
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of Audiology and Associate Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Akron, Akron, OH

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Instructor
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Speech Production Mechanism and Processes 11
Ch. 3 Overview: Vowels and Consonants 26
Ch. 4 Vowels and Diphthongs 31
Ch. 5 Consonants 58
Ch. 6 Connected Speech: Segmental and Suprasegmental Effects 91
Ch. 7 Acoustic Phonetics 114
Ch. 8 Multicultural Variations: Dialects 133
Ch. 9 Applied Phonetics 144
References 151
Answers to Chapter Exercises 154
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