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  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521732444

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  • A problem-based introduction to phonetics, with over three hundred exercises integrated into the text to help the student discover and practice the subject interactively. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject and highlights and explains new terms and concepts when they are first introduced. Graded review questions and exercises at the end of every unit help the student monitor their own progress and further practice new skills, and there is frequent cross-referencing for the student to see how the subject fits together and how later concepts build on earlier ones. The book highlights the differences between speech and writing in Unit One and covers all the essential topics of a phonetics course.

    • A problem-based introduction to phonetics, with more than three hundred exercises integrated into the text to help the student discover and practice the subject interactively
    • Assumes no previous knowledge of phonetics and highlights and explains new terms and concepts when they are first introduced
    • Highlights the differences between speech and writing in Unit One
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    'Engagingly written, this accessible introduction to articulatory phonetics tests the reader's understanding at every stage with a structured series of questions and exercises. The 20 well-balanced units cover basic theory and the essentials of English phonetics, including intonation. Any student new to phonetics will find this a valuable learning aid.' Jill House, University College London

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    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521732444
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 115 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The difference between speech and writing
    2. Consonant voicing
    3. Consonant place of articulation
    4. Consonant manner of articulation
    5. The IPA chart and mid-sagittal sections for consonants
    6. Vowels
    7. Airstream mechanisms
    8. Syllables and stress
    9. Allophonic variations of voice
    10. Allophonic variations of place
    11. Allophonic variations of manner
    12. Allophonic variations of vowels
    13. Allophonic transcription and parametric diagrams
    14. Speech sound variation
    15. Weak forms and elision
    16. Liaison
    17. Assimilation
    18. Broad transcription
    19. Intonation
    20. Functions of intonation.

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    Rachael-Anne Knight, City University London
    Rachael-Anne Knight is Senior Lecturer in Phonetics in the Department of Language and Communication Science at City University, London.

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