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The Sounds of Spanish
with Audio CD


  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Mixed media product
  • isbn: 9780521545389
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  • This accessible textbook provides a clear introduction to the sounds of Spanish, designed specifically for English-speaking students of the language. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it explains from scratch the fundamentals of phonetics (the study of sounds) and phonology (the study of sound systems) and describes in detail the phonetic and phonological characteristics of Spanish as it is spoken in both Spain and Latin America. Topics covered include consonants, vowels, acoustics, stress, syllables, intonation, and aspects of variation within Spanish. Clear comparisons are made between the sounds of Spanish and those of English, and students are encouraged to put theory into practice with over fifty graded exercises. Setting a solid foundation in the description and analysis of Spanish sounds, The Sounds of Spanish will help students improve their pronunciation of the language, and will also be useful to those studying the linguistic structure of Spanish for the first time. All the sounds described in this book are demonstrated on The Sounds of Spanish Audio CD included with this book.

    • Assumes no knowledge of linguistics, thus explains linguistic terminology from scratch
    • Focuses on main aspects of variation in pronunciation
    • Provides numerous tables, spectrograms, intonational contours, maps, other figures, and exercises
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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Mixed media product
    • isbn: 9780521545389
    • length: 333 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 176 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.676kg
    • contains: 2 maps 87 tables 59 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Variation in Spanish pronunciation
    3. Consonants and vowels
    4. Acoustic characterization of the main classes of Spanish speech sounds
    5. The syllable
    6. Main phonological processes
    7. Vowels
    8. Plosives
    9. Fricatives and affricates
    10. Nasals
    11. Liquids (laterals and rhotics)
    12. Main morphophonological alternations
    13. Stress
    14. Intonation

  • Author

    José Ignacio Hualde, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    José I. Hualde is Professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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