LINGUIST List 10.877

Tue Jun 8 1999

Books: Phonetics

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  1. milly.neate, Phonetics: The Science of Speech

Message 1: Phonetics: The Science of Speech

Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 10:54:04 +0000
From: milly.neate <>
Subject: Phonetics: The Science of Speech

Phonetics: The Science of Speech, by Martin J Ball, Department of 
Linguistics, University of Leeds, UK and Joan Rahilly, Department of Speech, 
University of Newcastle, UK
July 1999 c.256pp PB 0 340 70010 6 c.\15614.99/$19.95 HB 0 340 70009 2 
Arnold Publishers (American edition is published in association with OUP)

In their comprehensive new introduction to phonetics, Ball and Rahilly offer 
a detailed explanation of the process of speech production, from the 
anatomical initiation of sounds and their modification in the larynx, 
through to the final articulation of vowels and consonants in the oral and 
nasal tracts. This textbook is one of the few to give a balanced account of 
segmental and suprasegmental aspects of speech, showing clearly that the 
communication chain is incomplete without accurate production of both 
individual speech sounds (segmental features) and aspects such as stress and 
intonation (suprasegmental features). Throughout the book the authors 
provide advice on transcription, primarily using the International Phonetic 
Alphabet (IPA). Students are expertly guided from basic attempts to record 
speech sounds on paper, to more refined accounts of phonetic detail in 

The authors go on to explain acoustic phonetics in a manner accessible both 
to new students in phonetics, and to those who wish to advance their 
knowledge of key pursuits in the area, including the sound spectrograph. 
They describe how speech waves can be measured, as well as considering how 
they are heard and decoded by listeners, discussing both physiological and 
neurological aspects of hearing and examining the methods of psychoacoustic 
experimentation. A range of instrumentation for studying speech production 
is also presented.

Key Features
One of the few balanced and concise introduction to phonetics available
Up-to-date and accessible
Includes tables, diagrams and illustrations
Provides examples from a wide range of the world's languages

Contents: The anatomy and physiology of speech / Initiation of speech / 
Speech articulation / Segments of speech - obstruent consonants / Segments 
of speech - sonorant consonants and vowels / Suprasegments of speech / 
Multiple articulations, coarticulation, and the parameters of speech / 
Principles and methods of phonetic transcription / Acoustic characteristics 
of speech / The perception of speech / Perceptual phonetics / Instrumental 

Readership: 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students of linguistics.

Available on inspection for lecturers (quote LLB)
Tel: +44 (0) 171 873 6355
Fax: +44 (0) 171 873 6325
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1999 Contributors

  • Arnold Publishers
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Cascadilla Press
  • CSLI Publications
  • Elsevier Science, Ltd.
  • Finno-Ugrian Society
  • Indiana University Linguistics Club Publications
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Lincom Europa
  • MIT Press--Books Division
  • MIT Working Papers in Linguisticsi
  • Mouton de Gruyter
  • Pacific Linguistics
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
  • Vaxjo:Acta Wexionesia