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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tamara Stone, MS, CCC-SLP(Communication Consultations)
Description: This book explores expression in speech as a component of communication, reviewing current research and proposing potential research ideas to be completed in this area.
Purpose: The authors work to propose a system of analyzing speech expression from "planning stage followed by a rendering stage." The research communities in speech and language sciences and linguistics will find themselves called to continue this work. Mark Tathan and Katherine Morton have completed a thoughtful compilation laying out the groundwork for future research efforts in this area.
Audience: A well written, scholarly voice on the subject, the book is written for research communities interested in the components of speech expression.
Features: It covers the current research in expression and prosody of speech, and proposes further research in the field. This volume does a wonderful job of thoroughly describing speech affect and the interdependence of the speaker and listener in the process of creating speech expression. They remind us of the inability due to human nature to speak in the total absence of expressive tone. The writers explain their proposal to break down speech expression to be interpreted and reproduced by synthesizer.
Assessment: This book offers communication experts ideas and hypotheses in the area of speech expression. It is well organized and sets up researchers for taking the next steps in this area.