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Thu May 23 2002

Books: Phonetics:The Sounds of the World's Languages

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  1. tmac, The Sounds of the World's Languages by Peter Ladefoged and Ian Maddieson

Message 1: The Sounds of the World's Languages by Peter Ladefoged and Ian Maddieson

Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 12:02:34 +0000
From: tmac <>
Subject: The Sounds of the World's Languages by Peter Ladefoged and Ian Maddieson

Title: The Sounds of the World's Languages
Publication Year: 1995
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Book URL:
Author: Peter Ladefoged 
Author: Ian Maddieson 

Paperback: ISBN: 0631198156, Pages: 400, Price: 41.95
Comment: * 30% off with a subscription to Blackwell's LL+

This book gives a description of all the known ways in which the
sounds of the world's languages differ. In doing so, it provides the
empirical foundations for linguistic phonetics and
phonology. Encapsulating the work of two leading figures in the field,
it will be a standard work of reference for researchers in phonetics
and linguistics for many years to come.

The scope of the book is truly global, with data drawn from nearly 400
languages, many of them investigated at first hand by the authors. A
picture of the full range of possible contrasting phonetic categories
is created by comparing families of similar sounds across many
different languages.

Separate chapters deal with place of articulation, stops, nasals,
fricatives, laterals, rhotics, clicks, vowels, and segments with
multiple articulations. Each chapter is packed with illustrations
documenting the articulatory and acoustic characteristics of the
sounds discussed, and serving to illustrate the application of modern
experimental techniques to descriptive phonetic studies.

Written In:English (Language Code: ENG)

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