This book is a comprehensive guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet, widely used for over a century to transcribe the sounds of languages. The Handbook is in three parts: Part I contains an introduction to phonetic description and exemplification of the use of phonetic symbols; Part II consists of twenty-nine "Illustrations" of the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet to a range of languages; and Part III covers speech pathology, computer codings, and the history of the IPA. This is an essential reference work for phoneticians and linguists more generally.
Part I. Introduction to the IPA: 1. What is the International Phonetic Alphabet?; 2. Phonetic description and the IPA chart; 3. Guide to IPA notation; 4. The phonemic principle; 5. Broad and narrow transcriptions; 6. IPA transcriptions for a language; 7. Working with the IPA; 8. Going beyond the IPA; 9. Some problematic issues; 10. The IPA and phonological theory; Part II. Illustrations of the IPA; Part III. Appendices.
"This is an excellent book for speech clinicians, language teachers, and researchers." Dorothy Haubner, ASHA Review