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Principles of Phonetics : Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics - John Laver

Principles of Phonetics

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Paperback Published: 11th July 1994
ISBN: 9780521456555
Number Of Pages: 736

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Underlying the apparent diversity shown by the thousands of mutually incomprehensible languages of the world, there is a remarkable, elegant and principled unity in the way that these languages exploit the phonetic resources of speech. It is these principles that Professor Laver sets out to describe in this major new textbook. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, it is designed for readers who wish to pursue the study of phonetics from an initial to an advanced stage, equipping them with the necessary foundations for independent research. The classificatory model proposed unifies the description of linguistic, paralinguistic and certain extralinguistic aspects of speech production. The book moves from a presentation of general concepts to a total of eleven chapters on phonetic classification, and it includes discussion of other issues such as the relationship between phonetics and phonology, the nature of accent, dialect and language, and the description of voice quality and tone of voice. Every descriptive category is illustrated by words in phonetic transcription, from over 500 of the world's languages. Principles of phonetics will be required reading and an invaluable resource for all serious students and scholars of speech and language.

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'A treasure house of information on sounds in hundreds of languages ... we can all be grateful that there is now such an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the production of speech and the variety of sounds that are used in languages of the world.' Language

General Concepts:
The semiotic framework
The relationship between phonetics and phonology
Accent, dialect and language
The Anayltical Framework:
The phonetic analysis of speech
The architecture of phonetic classification
Initiation and Phonotation:
Airstream mechanisms
Linear Segmental Analysis:
Stop articulations
Fricative articulations
Resonant articulations
Multiple articulations
Articulatory Co-ordination and Phonetic Settings:
Inter-segmental co-ordinations
Phonetic similarity and multi-segmental settings
Temporal, Prosodic and Metrical Analysis:
The temporal organization of speech; segmental duration
The prosodic organization of speech: pitch and loudness
The metrical organization of speech: stress, syllable weight, prominence and rhythm
The temporal organization of speech; continuity and rate
Principles of Transcription:
Types of transcription
Evaluating general phonetic theory
Index of names
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521456555
ISBN-10: 052145655X
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 736
Published: 11th July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.24  x 4.09
Weight (kg): 1.01

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