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Fri Jun 18 1999

Books: Correction Re: 10.877, Books, Phonetics

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  1. milly.neate, Correction Re: 10.877, Books, Phonetics

Message 1: Correction Re: 10.877, Books, Phonetics

Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 17:21:36 +0000
From: milly.neate <>
Subject: Correction Re: 10.877, Books, Phonetics

There was a mistake in the most recent announcement from Arnold
Publishers. The entire corrected text appears below.

Phonetics: The Science of Speech, by Martin J Ball, School of
Behavioural and Communication Studies, University of Ulster at
Jordanstown, UK and Joan Rahilly, School of English, Queen's
University of Belfast, UK July 1999
c.256pp PB 0 340 70010 6 c.\15614.99 HB 0 340 70009 2 c.\15640.00/$
Arnold Publishers (American edition is published in association with

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

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 phonetics.

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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