This accessible textbook provides a clear introduction to the sounds of
Spanish, designed specifically for English-speaking students of the
language. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, it explains from
scratch the fundamentals of phonetics (the study of sounds) and phonology
(the study of sound systems) and describes in detail the phonetic and
phonological characteristics of Spanish as it is spoken in both Spain and
Latin America. Topics covered include consonants, vowels, acoustics,
stress, syllables, intonation, and aspects of variation within Spanish.
Clear comparisons are made between the sounds of Spanish and those of
English, and students are encouraged to put theory into practice with over
fifty graded exercises. Setting a solid foundation in the description and
analysis of Spanish sounds, The Sounds of Spanish will help students
improve their pronunciation of the language, and will also be useful to
those studying the linguistic structure of Spanish for the first time.