Phonetic Data Analysis: An Introduction to Fieldwork and Instrumental Techniques / Edition 1

Phonetic Data Analysis: An Introduction to Fieldwork and Instrumental Techniques / Edition 1

by Peter Ladefoged
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631232702

ISBN-13: 9780631232704

Pub. Date: 10/15/2003

Publisher: Wiley

Describing how people talk requires recording and analyzing phonetic data. This is true for researchers investigating the variant pronunciations of street names in Los Angeles, missionaries translating the Bible into a little-known tongue, and scholars obtaining data from a carefully controlled group in a laboratory experiment. Phonetic Data Analysis

Overview

Describing how people talk requires recording and analyzing phonetic data. This is true for researchers investigating the variant pronunciations of street names in Los Angeles, missionaries translating the Bible into a little-known tongue, and scholars obtaining data from a carefully controlled group in a laboratory experiment. Phonetic Data Analysis examines the procedures involved in describing the sounds of a language and illustrates the basic techniques of experimental phonetics, most of them requiring little more than a tape recorder, a video camera, and a computer.

This book enables readers to work with a speaker in a classroom setting or to go out into the field and make their own discoveries about how the sounds of a language are made. Peter Ladefoged, one of the world’s leading phoneticians, introduces the experimental phonetic techniques for describing the major phonetic characteristics of any language. Throughout the book there are also comments, written in a more anecdotal fashion, on Ladefoged’s own fieldwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631232704
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1. Recording The Sounds Of A Language:.

Deciding What To Record.

Finding Speakers.

Recording Systems.

Making A Recording.

Digital Recording.

Listening To Recordings.

Field Notes.

Instrumental Phonetic Techniques.

2. Finding The Places Of Articulation:.

Still And Video Photography.

Basic Palatography.

More Elaborate Palatography.

Electropalatography.

Further Reading.

3. Aerodynamic Investigations:.

Recording Air Pressure And Airflow.

Measuring Air Pressure And Airflow.

Interpreting Aerodynamic Records.

Quantifying Nasalization.

Phonation Types.

Electroglottography.

Further Reading.

4. Pitch, Loudness And Length:.

Pitch Analysis.

Interpreting Pitch Curves.

Loudness, Intensity And Stress.

Waveforms And The Measurement Of Duration.

Further Reading.

5. Characterizing Vowels:.

Sound Spectrograms.

Spectra.

Vowel Charts.

Nasalized Vowels.

Further Reading.

6. Acoustic Analysis Of Consonants:.

Waveforms, Spectrograms And Duration Measurements.

Spectral Characteristics Of Nasals, Laterals, Approximants And Trills.

Fricatives And Stop Bursts.

Spectrograms And Place Of Articulation.

Spectrograms And Articulatory Movements.

Further Reading.

7. Acoustic Analysis Of Phonation Types:.

Waveforms Of Different Glottal States.

Spectral Characteristics Of Phonation Types.

Further Reading.

8. Coda:.

A General Purpose Phonetics Laboratory.

More Elaborate Instrumental Phonetic Techniques.

Saying Goodbye To Fieldwork.

Index.

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