Fundamentals of Phonetics: A Practical Guide for Students / Edition 2

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Centered on a strong foundation of hands-on experience, Fundamentals of Phonetics: A Practical Guide for Students, Second Edition, is designed to help instructors provide their students with the most current topics and theories related to phonetics and phonetic transcription.

Highlights of the Second Edition:

  • Approaches phonetics in a clear, comprehensive and "early-stage" manner for students who have not yet begun clinical training.
  • Supplemental audio CDs provide students additional practice in transcription by allowing them to listen to various speakers with varying dialects. A CD icon alerts students to listen to the audio recordings while completing text exercises (Chapters 2-8).
  • Provides a vast amount of transcription exercises, with more examples of children with phonological problems (Chapters 4-8).
  • NEW examples of Arabic and Russian Influenced English.
  • NEW exercises that provide practice transcribing the same sentence by more than one speaker.

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Editorial Reviews

Focusing on teaching the ability to transcribe spoken language for introductory phonetics courses, this textbook discusses the problems of using the Roman alphabet to transcribe English, the anatomical structures used in producing spoken language, and other topics. The CD-ROM contains audio files of examples, oral discussions, and review exercises from the book. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205419128
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/29/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.83 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry H. Small received both a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology (1977), and an M.A. in Audiology (1977) from Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio University in 1984. He worked as a clinical audiologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha from 1978 – 1980. Dr. Small joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in 1984, and remained on the faculty for twenty-four years, prior to his retirement in 2008 when he was named Associate Professor Emeritus. While at BGSU, he served as the Director of the University Honors Program (1991 – 1996). He was also Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders from 2003-2007. Dr. Small was on the Executive Board of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) from 2007-2011, serving as President from 2009-2010. He began teaching undergraduate and AuD courses at Ohio State University (OSU) in 2008. For the past thirty years, he has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in phonetics, hearing science, diagnostic audiology and aural rehabilitation, both at BGSU and OSU. He has authored or co-authored numerous presentations and publications. Dr. Small was named an ASHA Fellow in 2014.

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Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with "Review Exercises," "Study Questions," and "Assignments."

1. Phonetics: A "Sound" Science.
Variation in Phonetic Practice.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Vowel Transcription.
What Is a Vowel?
The English Vowels.

5. Consonant Transcription.
What Is a Consonant?
Vowels versus Consonants.
Manner, Place, and Voicing.
The English Consonants.

6. Connected Speech.
The Suprasegmental Aspects of Speech.

7. 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.

8. 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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