Handbook of the International Phonetic Association: A Guide to the Use of the International Phonetic Alphabetby International Phonetic Association, Corporate Author International Phonetic
Pub. Date: 06/28/1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book is a comprehensive guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet, widely used for over a century to transcribe the sounds of languages. The Handbook is in three parts: Part I contains an introduction to phonetic description and exemplification of the use of phonetic symbols; Part II consists of twenty-nine "Illustrations" of the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet to a range of languages; and Part III covers speech pathology, computer codings, and the history of the IPA. This is an essential reference work for phoneticians and linguists more generally.
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Table of ContentsPart I. Introduction to the IPA: 1. What is the International Phonetic Alphabet?; 2. Phonetic description and the IPA chart; 3. Guide to IPA notation; 4. The phonemic principle; 5. Broad and narrow transcriptions; 6. IPA transcriptions for a language; 7. Working with the IPA; 8. Going beyond the IPA; 9. Some problematic issues; 10. The IPA and phonological theory; Part II. Illustrations of the IPA; Part III. Appendices.
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