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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Linda Petrosino, PhD (Bowling Green State University)
Description: This book clearly presents information on various phonetic symbol sets and the importance of their use in accurately describing disordered speech. This book brings the reader from the history of transcription through the application of the varied transcription systems to the future developments in transcription.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce varied symbol sets for the transcription of disordered speech and voice quality. The authors have succeeded in presenting various symbol systems for accurate transcription of disordered speech at the phonetic, segmental, prosodic, and discourse levels.
Audience: This book is written for the instructor of a course in phonetics, especially within a speech-language pathology program. The secondary audience is the advanced student who needs a source book for various symbol systems and an explanation of the use of the systems for the description and analysis of disordered speech. The authors are well-known scholars in the area of clinical linguistics and phonetics.
Features: The book is adequately illustrated with charts and tables of the various available symbol sets. The small size of the charts and tables in Chapter 1 are difficult to read. The text has more than 200 references spanning over 30 years of research. These references nicely represent the classic as well as the most current work. The book has an adequate table of contents and subject index, but no author index. The book includes many case examples and sample dialogues that clarify the use of the phonetic symbol sets.
Assessment: This well-written book adequately meets the stated objectives. It is an excellent reference for everyone who teaches a course in phonetics, particularly clinical phonetics. The authors do an excellent job of illustrating the use of phonetic transcription with various disorders and showing the importance of accurate transcription.