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Sociophonetics: An Introduction

Sociophonetics: An Introduction

by Erik Thomas


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ISBN-13: 9780230224568
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,023,047
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ERIK R. THOMAS isProfessor in the Department of English at North Carolina State University, USA.He has conducted research on various sociophonetic topics, including aspects of both production and perception.He isthe author of An Acoustic Analysis of Vowel Variation in New World English and (with Walt Wolfram)The Development of Africa American English.

Table of Contents

Preface.- The Place of Sociophonetics.- Production.- Perception.- Consonants.- Vowels.- Prosody.- Voice Quality.- Combinations of Different Types of Features.- Variation and the Cognitive Processing of Sounds.- Sound Change.- Social Factors and Phonetics.- Lateral Transfer.- Notes.- References.- Index.

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Sociophonetics: An Introduction will quickly become the standard text for students analyzing sound variation, as you would expect from someone of Thomas' stature in the field. This clearly written text fills an instructional gap and joins together strands of research in a thorough and organized manner' – Professor Thomas C. Purnell, University of Wisconsin

'Overall, what makes this text stand out as an excellent resource for sociophonetic research is its thorough handling of each topic, extensive coverage of such a wide range of practical, methodological and theoretical issues, and sheer readability. Thomas continually highlights gaps in existing knowledge, and suggests numerous possible avenues of exploration for budding (or established) sociophoneticians to study in the future. This text would be suitable for undergraduate or postgraduate study, or as a resource for seasoned researchers wanting to gain a knowledge and understanding of the key methodology of sociophonetics, and what- as an autonomous sub-discipline- it has to offer the larger linguistic community.' -International Phonetic Association

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