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A Course in Phonetics : 7th Edition - Peter Ladefoged

A Course in Phonetics

7th Edition

Paperback Published: 1st January 2014
ISBN: 9781285463407
Number Of Pages: 352

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Offering the most current coverage available, A Course in Phonetics, 7e remains the authoritative text for the study of phonetics. Combining Peter Ladefoged's student-friendly writing style with Keith Johnson's comprehensive presentation, the Seventh Edition introduces concepts of speech production, describes speech in acoustic terms, and teaches practical phonetic skills including IPA transcription. Expanded sections on acoustic phonetics and speech motor control bring instructors up to date and help students use tools for digital inspection and manipulation of speech. Numerous updates include MRI images of vocal tracts.

In addition, the thoroughly revised companion website includes interactive exercises, instant spectrograms for every chapter, over 4,000 audio files of nearly 100 languages, and maps keyed to sounds of languages where they are spoken. With its broad overview and numerous examples, A Course in Phonetics remains the ideal introduction to phonetics-no previous knowledge required!

New to this Edition

  • Delivering the most current coverage available, the Seventh Edition of the popular A COURSE IN PHONETICS has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest developments and research from the field.

  • In response to reviewer requests, discussion of phonology and the relationship between phonetics and phonology has been substantially revised and updated.

  • More student friendly than ever, the supplemental website has been extensively revised and improved with such interactive features as instant spectrograms, online exercises, and convenient navigation tied to the chapters in the book. The website is keyed to the text and has over 4,000 recordings of English (several varieties) and other languages, maps of language areas, exercises and tables in the text, and more. Demonstrations of the phonetic performance exercises are provided, and most exercises can be downloaded and printed or performed interactively on the site.

  • The Seventh Edition also includes earlier and more sustained emphasis on spectrogram reading and acoustic phonetics in general. Spectrogram reading is introduced in Chapter 1, and all of the more than 4,000 audio files on the companion website have instant spectrograms.

About the Authors

Peter Ladefoged

The late Peter Ladefoged, preeminent phonetician, founded the UCLA Phonetics Laboratory and was its director from 1962 to 1991. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1959. His major research interests included experimental phonetics and describing the sounds of the world's languages; his ground-breaking fieldwork took him to Europe, Africa, India, Australia, China, and elsewhere to record many languages. He was a member of many professional organizations and president of a few, including the International Phonetic Association (1986–1991) and the Linguistic Society of America (1980). He wrote extensively and was awarded many professional honors.

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson is a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and taught in the department of linguistics from 1993 to 2005. Dr. Johnson received postdoctoral fellowships from Indiana University and UCLA, where he worked with Peter Ladefoged and Patricia Keating. His primary research field focuses on the processes of speech perception as they relate to phonetic and phonological theory. Dr. Johnson's research and teaching on acoustic phonetics and psycholinguistics is widely recognized.


1. Articulation and Acoustics.

Speech Production. Sound Waves. Places of Articulatory Gestures. The Oro-Nasal Process. Manners of Articulation. Stop. Fricative. Approximant. Lateral (Approximant). Additional Consonantal Gestures. The Waveforms of Consonants. The Articulation of Vowel Sounds. The Sounds of Vowels. Suprasegmentals. Exercises.

2. Phonology and Phonetic Transcription.

The Transcription of Consonants. The Transcription of Vowels. Consonant and Vowel Charts. Phonology. Exercises. Performance Exercises.


3. The Consonants of English.

Stop Consonants. Fricatives. Affricates. Nasals. Approximants. Overlapping Gestures. Rules for English Consonant Allophones. Diacritics. Exercises.

Performance Exercises.

4. English Vowels.

Transcription and Phonetic Dictionaries. Vowel Quality. The Auditory Vowel Space. American and British Vowels. Diphthongs. Rhotic Vowels. Unstressed Syllables. Tense and Lax Vowels. Rules for English Vowel Allophones. Exercises. Performance Exercises.

5. English Words and Sentences.

Words in Connected Speech. Stress. Degrees of Stress. Sentence Rhythm. Intonation. Target Tones. Exercises. Performance Exercises.


6. Airstream Mechanisms and Phonation Types. Airstream Mechanisms. States of the Glottis. Voice Onset Time. Summary of Actions of the Glottis. Exercises. Performance Exercises.

7. Consonantal Gestures.

Articulatory Targets. Stops. Nasals. Types of Articulatory Gestures. Fricatives. Trills, Taps, and Flaps. Laterals. Summary of Manners of Articulation. Exercises. Performance Exercises.

8. Acoustic Phonetics.

Source/Filter Theory. Tube Models. Perturbation Theory. Acoustic Analysis. Acoustics of Consonants. Interpreting Spectrograms. Individual Differences. Exercises.

9. Vowels and Vowel-like Articulations.

Cardinal Vowels. Secondary Cardinal Vowels. Vowels in Other Accents of English. Vowels in Other Languages. Advanced Tongue Root. Rhotacized Vowels. Nasalization. Summary of Vowel Quality. Semivowels. Secondary Articulatory Gestures. Exercises. Performance Exercises.

10. Syllables and Suprasegmental Features.

Syllables. Stress. Length. Timing. Intonation and Tone. Stress, Tone, and Pitch Accent Languages. Exercises. Performance Exercises.

11. Linguistic Phonetics.

Phonetics of the Community and of the Individual. The International Phonetic Alphabet. Feature Hierarchy. A Problem with Linguistic Explanations. Controlling Articulatory Movements. Memory for Speech. The Balance between Phonetic Forces. Performance Exercises.


Further Reading.


ISBN: 9781285463407
ISBN-10: 1285463404
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 2014
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 7
Edition Type: Revised

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