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Query:   Phonetics/Phonology Texts for Lg. Teachers
Author:  Richard Cameron
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Applied Linguistics

Summary:   Regarding Query: http://linguistlist.org/issues/17/17-3290.html#1

On Nov. 7, I posted the following question to Linguist List, under the
heading of Intro Texts in Phonetics/Phonology for Language Teachers:

“Can anyone on Linguist List recommend textbooks that could serve as
introductions to Phonetics and Phonology? Specifically, the target
audiences are Masters level students who plan on becoming Language
Teachers (not just TESOL) or, even possibly, Speech Pathologists. These
students do not plan on pursuing careers in Linguistics beyond the MA.
However, they need to be able to describe and assess intelligibility and
phonological acquisition in the language or languages that they teach.”

I have received numerous and useful responses. I thank all whose replies I
have received. Tucker Childs was especially helpful and knowledgeable.

Here are the texts that were recommended. First, are texts for Phonetics.
Second, are texts for Phonetics & Phonology combined or just Phonology. A
few websites are also included which give further information on specific
books. I have tried each of these websites with no problems to report.

Students in Applied Linguistics who plan on teaching languages (second or

1) From Ken Konopka (Richard Cameron has also used this book for the
Applied Ling/Language Teacher MA students)

Ladefoged, Peter. 2004. Vowels and consonants: An introduction to the
sounds of languages. Second Edition. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers.

2) From: Tucker Childs, Keith Johnson, Lise Menn, Natasha Warner, and
Jarek Weckwerth

Ladefoged, Peter. 2006. A course in phonetics. (5th edition.) Boston:

3) From Farhad Vafajoo

Birjandi, P. & Salmani-Nodoushan, M. A. (2005). An
introduction to phonetics. Tehran: Zabankadeh Publications.

4) From Jarek Weckwerth:

Ashby, Michael -- Maidment, John. 2005. Introducing phonetic science.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Masters Level Students in Applied Linguistics who plan on teaching
languages (second or foreign). Note: Many books cited below focus only on
English. A few focus only on Spanish.

1) From: Tucker Childs (a number of books tried in the past.)

Burquest, Donald A. 2001. *Phonological Analysis: A Functional Approach
(2nd ed., rev.)*. Dallas: SIL International.

Clark, John, and Yallop, Colin. 1990. An Introduction to Phonetics and
Phonology. Oxford, UK and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

____. 1995. An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (2nd ed.). Oxford,
UK and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Giegerich, Heinz J. 1992. *English Phonology, An Introduction*. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.

Supplementary texts:

Collins, Beverley, and Mees, Inger M. 2003. *Practical Phonetics and
Phonology: A Resource Book for Students*. (Also cited by Madalena Cruz-
Ferreira and Jarek Weckworth)

Edwards, Harold T. 1997. *Applied Phonetics: The Sounds of American
English*. 2nd ed. San Diego and London: Singular Publishing Group, Inc.

Fischer-Jørgensen, Eli. 1975. *Trends in Phonological Theory*.
Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-113.

Hammond, Michael. 1999. *The Phonology of English: A Prosodic
Optimality-Theoretic Approach*. Oxford and New York: Oxford University
Press, Chapters 1-3, pp. xi-104.

Pennington, Martha C. 1996. Phonology in English Language Teaching.
London and New York: Longman.

Tucker adds:
“This year I am trying for the first time,

Gussenhoven, Carlos, and Jacobs, Haike. 2005. Understanding Phonology
(2nd ed.): Hodder Arnold.

excerpts from which I used the last time I taught the course. I am also using
the following as a supplement to both Phonetics and Phonology as well as
to Historical Linguistics.

Blevins, Juliette. 2004. Evolutionary Phonology, the Emergence of Sound
Patterns. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.”

Further details about Gussenhoven and Jacobs are at:


2) From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

Collins, B. and I. M. Mees (2003). Practical Phonetics and Phonology: A
Resource Book for Students. London/New York, Routledge. (Also cited by
Tucker Childs and Jarek Weckworth. Weckworth also added a few comments
found below.)

Further details are at:


Cruz-Ferreira, M. and S. A. Abraham (2006). The language of
language. Core concepts in linguistic analysis. Singapore, Prentice
Hall/Pearson Education Asia. (In particular, the two chapters of Phonetics-

Further details are at:


3) From: David Deterding

Deterding, David & Poedjosoedarmo, Gloria (1998) The Sounds of English:
Phonetics and Phonology for English Teachers in Southeast Asia,
Singapore: Prentice Hall.

Further details are at:


4) From: Chelo Duenas-Garcia

-. QUILIS, Antonio; FERNANDEZ, Joseph A.; Curso de Fonetica y Fonologia
Espanolas. Ed. CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas),
Madrid 1992
-. NAVARRO TOMAS, Tomas; Manual de Pronunciacion espanola. Ed. CSIC,
Madrid 1991
-. ALARCOS Llorach, Emilio; Fonologia espanola. Ed. Gredos, Madrid 1986
(septima reimpresion)

5) From: Keith Johnson

Dalbor's (1969)''Spanish Pronunciation, Theory and Practice''

Teschner's ''Camino oral'' (Also cited by Regina Morin)

Barrutia and Schwegler's ''Fonética y fonología españolas''

6) From: Paul Justice

Justice, Paul W. Relevant Linguistics, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded:
An Introduction to the Structure and Use of English for Teachers. 2nd
Edition. Distributed for the Center for the Study of Language and
Information. 2001, 2003 Series: (CSLI-LN) Center for the Study of Language
and Information

Further details are at:


7) From: Ken Konopka

Carr's ''English phonetics and phonology''.

8) From: Regina Morin

Applied English Phonology by Mehmet Yavas,
Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

Further details are at:


9) From: Nancy Stern and Jo Tyler

Teaching American English Pronunciation_ by Avery & Erlich
(Oxford, 1992)

Further details are at:


10) From: Riitta Välimaa-Blum
Välimaa-Blum, Riitta. 2005. Cognitive phonology in construction grammar.
Mouton De Gruyter
Further details are at:


11) From: Jarek Weckworth

Collins, Beverley -- Mees, Inger. 2003. Practical phonetics and
phonology. London: Routledge. (Also cited by Tucker Childs & Madalena

Jarek adds:
“It does focus on English (chiefly BrE, in fact), but it also has an accessible
introduction to general articulatory phonetics, along with some information
on English accents and other languages. The included CD is quite useful.
And it's very readable and accessible in general.”

12) From: Howard Williams and Jo Tyler

Teaching Pronunciation: A Reference for Teachers of English to Speakers of
Other Languages_ by Celce-Murcia, Brinton & Goodwin (Cambridge,1996)

Further details are at:


Finally, I will add here that I have used two excellent textbooks in the past.

Odden, David. 2005. Introducing phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press.

Roca, I. and W. Johnson. 1999. A course in phonology. Oxford: Blackwell
Roca, I. and W. Johnson. 1999. A workbook in phonology. Oxford: Blackwell

- Richard Cameron

LL Issue: 17.3410
Date Posted: 20-Nov-2006
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