The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics / Edition 1

The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics / Edition 1

by Henry Rogers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0582381827

ISBN-13: 9780582381827

Pub. Date: 09/06/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Phonetics is the scientific study of sounds used in language- how the sounds are produced, how they are transferred from the speaker to the hearer and how they are heard and perceived. The Sounds of Language provides an accessible, general introduction to phonetics with a special emphasis on English.
Focusing on the phonetics of English, the first

Overview

Phonetics is the scientific study of sounds used in language- how the sounds are produced, how they are transferred from the speaker to the hearer and how they are heard and perceived. The Sounds of Language provides an accessible, general introduction to phonetics with a special emphasis on English.
Focusing on the phonetics of English, the first section allows students to get an overall view of the subject. Two standard accents of English are presented- RP (Received Pronunciation), the standard accent of England, and GA (General American), the standard accent throughout much of North America. The discussion is arranged so that students can read only the RP or GA portions, if desired. Sixteen additional accents of English spoken around the world are also covered to provide students with wider international coverage.
The author then moves on to introduce acoustics phonetics in an accessible manner for those without a science background. The last section of the book provides a detailed discussion of all aspects of speech with extensive examples from languages around the world.
Containing student-friendly features such as extensive exercises for practising the sounds covered in each chapter; a glossary of technical terms; instructions on how to write phonetic symbols; the latest International Phonetic Alphabet chart and a detailed list of English consonantal variants, The Sounds of Language provides an excellent introduction to phonetics to students of linguistics and speech pathology and students of English as a second language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582381827
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/06/2000
Series:
Learning about Language Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. The basic sounds of English
3. English consonants
4. English vowels
5. English suprasegmentals
6. English accent differences
7. Sound waves, spectra, and resonance
8. The acoustics of English sounds
9. Vowels and semivowels
10. Place of articulation
11. Manner of articulation
12. Phonation
13. Airstream mechanisms
14. Syllables and suprasegmentals

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