LINGUIST List 15.1156

Thu Apr 8 2004

Books: Phonology: Zamuner/Collins, Mees

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  1. kkaneta, Input-based Phonological Acquisition: Zamuner
  2. kkaneta, Practical Phonetics and Phonology: Collins, Mees

Message 1: Input-based Phonological Acquisition: Zamuner

Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 15:58:37 -0500 (EST)
From: kkaneta <>
Subject: Input-based Phonological Acquisition: Zamuner

Title: Input-based Phonological Acquisition
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Author: Tania S. Zamuner, University of Nijmegen 

Hardback: ISBN: 0415967899, Pages: 144, Price: U.S. $: 65

This book provides an analysis of two current theories of language
acquisition: the theory that acquisition is primarily mediated by
innate properties of language provided by universal grammar, and the
opposing theory is that language is acquired based on the patterns in
the ambient language. A problem not often considered is that these two
theories are confounded because the structures that are frequent
across languages are also typically the most frequent within a
specific language. In addition, the innate theory of language
acquisition is difficult to quantify and qualify. This book attempts
to contrast these theories through an examination of the acquisition
of word-final consonants in English. A unique aspect of this book is
that it presents analyzes of data using cross-linguistic, corpus and
experimental approaches.

Lingfield(s):	Language Acquisition 
Subject Language(s):	English (Language Code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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Message 2: Practical Phonetics and Phonology: Collins, Mees

Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 15:12:13 -0500 (EST)
From: kkaneta <>
Subject: Practical Phonetics and Phonology: Collins, Mees

Title: Practical Phonetics and Phonology
Subtitle: A Resource Book for Students
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Author: Beverley Collins, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark 
Author: Inger M. Mees, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark 

Hardback: ISBN: 0415261333, Pages: 288, Price: U.S. $: 80.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0415261341, Pages: 288, Price: U.S. $: 23.95

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language
study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible
overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample
analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The
innovative and flexible 'two-way' structure is built around four
sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension -
which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be
read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on
the knowledge gained.

Practical Phonetics and Phonology:

*is a wide-ranging introduction to practical aspects of English
phonetics and phonology

*covers step by step the core concepts: production of speech,
classification of vowels and consonants, phoneme, syllable structure,
features of connected speech, stress and intonation

*includes discussion of regional and social accent variation, language
change in progress, application of phonetics to language teaching and

*provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline:
Ladefoged, Abercrombie, Fry, Crystal, Pinker and Daniel Jones

*is backed up by an accompanying free audio CD with samples of genuine
speakers of 20 accent varieties from Britain, Ireland, the USA,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Singapore, West

Lingfield(s):	Phonetics 

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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