Author: Peter Ladefoged, University of California, Los Angeles
Hardback: ISBN: 140512458X Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1405124598 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 39.95
This popular and accessible introduction to phonetics is now available in a fully updated second edition. Peter Ladefoged describes how languages use a variety of different sounds, many of them quite unlike any that occur in well-known languages.
Important topics covered in Vowels and Consonants include:
- the main forces operating on the sounds of languages - the acoustic components of speech and speech synthesis - computers and Text-To-Speech systems and speech recognition systems - descriptions of the sounds of a wide variety of languages that are reproduced on the accompanying CD
This revised edition includes a new chapter on how we listen to speech and the greatly expanded CD now contains data on a hundred languages to reinforce learning and bring the descriptions to life.
"Only Peter Ladefoged, the world's leading phonetician, could produce a work like this: an authoritative and thorough introduction to phonetics written in a style that can be understood by a reader with no prior background in linguistics" -- John Ohala, University of California, Berkeley