LINGUIST List 8.1269

Sun Sep 7 1997

Sum: Practical Phonetics Texts

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  1. Karen S. Chung, Sum: Practical Phonetics Texts

Message 1: Sum: Practical Phonetics Texts

Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 20:07:46 +0800 (CST)
From: Karen S. Chung <>
Subject: Sum: Practical Phonetics Texts

	Way back in early June I solicited suggestions for practical
phonetics texts. I had been asked by my department to teach a
phonetics course for future high school English teachers in Taiwan. I
received lots of excellent information from LINGUIST subscribers,
which I will summarize below for the list. (Some of the comments on
the texts have been slightly edited for reasons of format.)

	Due to a shortage of available faculty and higher priority of
other courses at NTU, it turns out I that will not be doing the
phonetics course this year after all. So the rush to find a text
calmed down a bit - though I may be doing the class next academic
year. If I do, I have decided to use the new (3rd) edition of Peter
Ladefoged's _A Course in Phonetics_ (1993. Fort Worth etc.: Harcourt
Brace. 308pp. Paper.) - a work that, strangely enough, was not
mentioned by anyone who wrote. This text should work out well for me,
since I am familiar with it (an earlier edition was one of the main
texts in the articulatory phonetics course I sat in on at the U of
Minnesota in 1975) and have confidence in it, and also it is easily
available, relatively inexpensively and in quantity, in Taipei.

	However, assuming I do teach the course, I am sure I will also
refer to some of the other works suggested below. Some I was familiar
with before, and there is one (the Vaughan-Rees one) I had just picked
up locally for examination, in connection with another course I teach
(an 'aural-oral training' lab course for foreign language majors, with
stress on English listening comprehension and pronunciation
practice). All the materials look intriguing, and I hope this list
will help someone out somewhere.

	Abundant thanks to all who contributed - particularly Jane
Setter in Hong Kong, who contributed so *much*.

	Best wishes to all for an enriching fall semester,

					Karen Steffen Chung
 National Taiwan University
					Department of Foreign 
					 Languages and Literatures

Original post: 

Date: Sun, 1 Jun 1997 
From: "Karen S. Chung" <> 
Subject: Phonetics texts

 I am about to put together a course on practical phonetics for
future high school English language teachers in Taiwan. The course is
also supposed to include pronunciation and intonation practice, with
the intention of helping to break the cycle of poor pronunciation
being passed down from teacher to student, generation after
generation. Does anybody have any suggestions regarding what textbooks
to use? Please write to me privately and I will post a summary.



1. Ashby, P (1995) _Speech Sounds_, London: Routledge.

 ...a new-ish one on phonetics which my students liked. The only
problem was that the exercises proved a bit too English native-speaker
specific for my HK lot, otherwise it is very clear (but it depends how
much into phonetics you want to go).

From: Jane Setter <> 

2. Austerlitz, Robert. "Twelve Remarks on the Teaching of Phonetics",
In Honor of Ilse Lehiste/Ilse Lehiste Puhendusteos, edited by Robert
Channon and Linda Shockey, Foris Dordrecht, 1987, pp. 1-6.

 My experience has been that few if any textbooks provide adequate
training in practical phonetics. I think that this is one of those
fields in which the teacher is the fulcrum of the program of

	I studied phonetics at Columbia under Robert Austerlitz in the
1980's. Although Austerlitz tended to assign Catford's book, the basis
of his lectures was his own practiced exposition of the architecture
of the mouth, abundantly illustrated through his own gifted apparatus
and followed by hands-and-tongues-on field methods. Some of
Austerlitz's original ideas are described in [t]his article.

From: David Prager Branner <>

3. Brinton, Donna M., Marianne Celce-Murcia, and Janet Goodwin. 
_Preparing Teachers to Teach Pronunciation_. 

 This is a handout my colleagues Marianne Celce-Murcia, Janet
Goodwin and I put together that addresses your question. We presented
this at our state affiliate conference, CATESOL, this spring.

 (I am including the sources submitted by Ms. Brinton that were
used in putting the handout together. For the original handout, please
contact the author directly. -KSC)

 a. Avery, P., & Ehrlich, S. (1992). _Teaching American English
pronunciation._ Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
 b. Bowen, J. D. (l975). _Patterns of English pronunciation._
Rowley, MA: Newbury House.
 c. Bowen, T., & Marks, J. (1992). _The pronunciation book:
Student centred activities for pronunciation work._ Burnt Mill,
Harlow: Longman.
 d. Brown, A. (1991). _Teaching English pronunciation: A book of
readings._ London: Routledge.
 e. Celce-Murcia, M., Brinton, D. M., & Goodwin, J. M. (1996).
_Teaching pronunciation: A reference for teachers of English to
speakers of other languages._ New York: Cambridge University Press.
 f. Dalton, C., & Seidlhofer, B. (1994). _Pronunciation._ Oxford:
Oxford University Press.
 g. Kenworthy, J. (1987). _Teaching English pronunciation._
London: Longman.
 h. Laroy, C. (1995). _Pronunciation_. Oxford: Oxford University
 i. Morley, J. (Ed.). (l987). _Current perspectives on
pronunciation._ Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
 j. Morley, J. (Ed.). (1994). _Pronunciation pedagogy and theory:
New views, new dimensions._ Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
 k. Wong, R. (1987a). _Teaching pronunciation: Focus on English
rhythm and intonation._ Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents.

Donna M. Brinton <> 

4. Catford, J C (1988) _A Practical Introduction to Phonetics_, Oxford:

 I'd recommend this one if you want to teach all the sounds which
appear in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

From: Jane Setter <>

5. Caudery, Tim. _An Activity Based Course in English Phonetics and
Phonology_ (1996 edition). Aarhus, Denmark: Department of English,
University of Aarhus. 

	[This is] a course book at the Department of English which we
have put together ourselves. It's very practical in the sense that it
provides lots of exercise material in two skills - transcription
(phonemic, with intonation transcription, from tapes of natural
speech), and articulatory description (of words or short phrases of
2-4 syllables). It assumes no previous knowledge of phonetics. It does
not contain pronunication practice, but it does provide the
theoretical understanding which should help students to improve their
pronunciation and to make better use of standard pronunciation
practice exercises. Incidentally, the book covers both British and
American English phonology.

 This is not a commercially available book, but I would be very
interested to see if it could be used in a different country and, if
it was successful, could perhaps then be published. If you would be
interested in seeing a copy of the book, let me know and I will send
you one by "snail mail".

 Mailing address: Dept. of English, University of Aarhus, 8000
Aarhus C, Denmark Tel (+45) 89422120 Fax (+45) 89422099

From: Tim Caudery <>

6. Dalton, C & Seidlhofer, B (1994) _Pronunciation_, Oxford: OUP (This
is in the Oxford "Language Teaching: a scheme for teacher education"

	For my Pronunciation Analysis course, aimed at teachers of
English at secondary and tertiary level. The main text is an excellent
one which gets students to realise that there is more to good
pronunciation than clarity of sounds alone (very important).

From: Jane Setter <>

7. Dauer, Rebecca. _Accurate English: A Complete Course in Phonetics _
Regents/Prentice Hall (1993).

 The text is especially good in its treatment of word stress,
rhythm, and intonation. This is an advanced pronunciation text that I
wrote with the idea of having students learn the basic phonetics of
American English along with practice materials for them to improve
their own speech. A set of 4 90-minute cassette tapes is also
available. The book costs $18.25 (to the publisher) and the cassettes
are $70.00. There is also a free teachers manual, and I would be happy
to answer any questions you or your students may have via e-mail.

 I recommend that you contact Prentice Hall and ask for an
examination copy. Their Asian office is located in Singapore: tel:
65-277-9772; fax: 65-278-9303. The address is: ELT Dept, Prentice
Hall/Macmillan, Simon & Schuster (Asia) Pte. Ltd., Alexandra
Distripark, Blck 4, #04-31 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 0511.

From: Rebecca M. Dauer, Ph.D. <> 
And: Sandra C. Browne Via: Jane Setter <>

8. Lane,?. _Focus on Pronunciation_. Longman. 

 It has tapes too. I have been fairly satisfied with [it]. 

From: Jakob Dempsey <> 

9. Prator, Clifford H. Jr., and Betty Wallace Robinett. _Manual of
American English Pronunciation_, Fourth Ed. (New York: Harcourt Brace
Co., 1985)

	About a year or two ago, I was involved in a
phonetics/phonology course with both L2 teachers and linguist
students. We spent 2 hours per week on phonological theory, and one
hour actually teaching English pronunciation to Chinese
speakers. T[his is t]he text we used for pronunciation teaching. The
book includes exercises, diagnostic exams, and theory elements such as
the Phonetic alphabet, stress, intonation, sandhi, and spelling.

From: Chad D. Nilep <> 

10. Roach, Peter (1991) _English Phonetics and Phonology: a practical
course_ (2nd Ed). Cambridge: CUP. 

 Probably the best single book available for your purposes. (BC)

 Students on the whole find it easy to read and follow, and there
are cassettes which go with it. I'm going for a British accent
here. (JS)

From: Bruce Connell <> 
And: Jane Setter < > 

11. Rogerson, Pamela and Judy B. Gilbert. _Speaking
Clearly_. Cambridge University Press.

	It is the best book I've found for explanation and practice of
word and sentence stress, intonation, rhythm and linking, and also
includes listening practice.

From: Anna Dowling <>

12. Vaughan-Rees, Michael. 1995. _Rhymes and Rhythm_ Macmillan - now
 [My book] uses simple very rhythmic poems, chants and raps
(mostly my own) to create a course to improve active pronunciation and
listening skills. I think I am the only person (no false modesty here)
who has had a go at using such material in a systematic way for making
the learner aware of such features as linking, weakening of syllables,
assimilation and so on.

From: Michael Vaughan-Rees <101656.776CompuServe.COM>

13. Zawadski, Halina. 1994. _In Tempo_. Macquarie University NCELTR

 It has excellent sections on basic phonetic application to 'real
life contexts' such as schwa and voicing. But it is best on prosody in
conexts and can be worked either as a self access book or in class. It
is being used with good reports here in Australia and was designed
very much with the Asian learner in mind.

From: Charles Clennell <> 
Via: Jane Setter <>
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