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Principles of Phonetics

Principles of Phonetics



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  • Date Published: May 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521456555

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  • Underlying the apparent diversity shown by thousands of mutually incomprehensible languages of the world, there is a remarkable, elegant and principled unity in the way that these languages exploit the phonetic resources of speech. It is these principles that Professor Laver sets out to describe in this major new textbook. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, it is designed for readers who wish to pursue the study of phonetics from an initial to an advanced stage, equipping them with the necessary foundations for independent research. The book moves from a discussion of general concepts to a total of eleven chapters on phonetic classification, and it includes discussion of other issues such as the relationship between phonetics and phonology. There are illustrations from over 500 of the world's languages. Principles of Phonetics will be required reading for all serious students of speech and language.

    • Comprehensive textbook in phonetics, taking students from no knowledge of the subject to an advanced stage
    • Will also serve as a work of reference for all those working in linguistics who wish to know about phonetics
    • Laver one of world's leading phoneticians
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    'A treasure house of information on sounds in hundreds of languages … we can all be grateful that there is now such an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the production of speech and the variety of sounds that are used in languages of the world.' Language

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521456555
    • length: 736 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.06kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General Concepts:
    1. The semiotic framework
    2. The relationship between phonetics and phonology
    3. Accent, dialect and language
    Part II. The Anayltical Framework:
    4. The phonetic analysis of speech
    5. The architecture of phonetic classification
    Part III. Initiation and Phonotation:
    6. Airstream mechanisms
    7. Phonation
    Part IV. Linear Segmental Analysis:
    8. Stop articulations
    9. Fricative articulations
    10. Resonant articulations
    11. Multiple articulations
    Part V. Articulatory Co-ordination and Phonetic Settings:
    12. Inter-segmental co-ordinations
    13. Phonetic similarity and multi-segmental settings
    Part VI. Temporal, Prosodic and Metrical Analysis:
    14. The temporal organization of speech
    segmental duration
    15. The prosodic organization of speech: pitch and loudness
    16. The metrical organization of speech: stress, syllable weight, prominence and rhythm
    17. The temporal organization of speech
    continuity and rate
    Part VII. Principles of Transcription:
    18. Types of transcription
    Part VIII
    19. Evaluating general phonetic theory
    Index of names
    Subject index.

  • Author

    John Laver, University of Edinburgh

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