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The Sounds of Japanese

The Sounds of Japanese
with Audio CD

$60.00

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Mixed media product
  • isbn: 9780521617543

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  • This introduction to the sounds of Japanese is designed for English-speaking students with no prior knowledge of the language, and includes an audio CD which demonstrates the sounds and pronunciation described. It will be an invaluable resource for students of Japanese wishing to improve their pronunciation, as well as those studying Japanese linguistics. • Explains how speech sounds are produced in Japanese (articulatory phonetics), and the system of sounds in Japanese (phonology). • Covers a range of topics including vowels, consonants, syllables, accents, intonations, and phonemics. • Gives clear comparisons with English, and provides practical advice on pronunciation. • Provides a wealth of authentic Japanese examples. • Each chapter contains exercises to help students put their knowledge into practice.

    • Explains the fundamentals of phonetics and phonology, which makes the book accessible to readers with no prior knowledge of linguistics
    • Contains a wealth of examples to illustrate each aspect of the description
    • Provides challenging exercises at the end of each chapter, encouraging students to put their knowledge into practice
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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Mixed media product
    • isbn: 9780521617543
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Phonetics
    2. Phonemics
    3. Vowels
    4. Syllable-initial consonants
    5. Syllable-final consonants
    6.Syllables and moras
    7. Accent and intonation
    8. Other topics
    Appendix A. Broad phonetic transcription
    Appendix B. Phonemes and allophones
    Appendix C. Hepburn and Kunrei Romanization.

  • Author

    Timothy J. Vance, University of Arizona
    Timothy J. Vance is a Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. He completed his Ph.D. in 1979 at the University of Chicago and has lived in Japan for extended periods on three occasions. He is currently co-ordinating editor of Japanese Language and Literature.

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