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Sociophonetics : An Introduction - Erik Thomas


An Introduction

Paperback Published: 9th December 2010
ISBN: 9780230224568
Number Of Pages: 356

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Sociophonetics – the interface of sociolinguistics and phonetics – is a field that has expanded rapidly in recent years. A subject that requires both methodological and theoretical assessment for study, sociophonetics has never before been presented in a way that ties these fundamental strands together so successfully.
This comprehensive and user friendly introduction seamlessly marries the dual cores of sociophonetics into one accessible text.

In a methodical and structured approach, Sociophonetics: An Introduction:

* Provides detailed analysis of phonetic variables, discussing consonants, vowels, prosody and voice quality
*  Includes clear and thorough explanations of how to measure linguistic phenomena and conduct acoustic analyses and perception experiments
* Contains almost 200 illustrations of phonetic processes and 'field marks' for the examination of sociolinguistic variables
* Covers a variety of theoretical approaches, including exemplar theory and cognitive sociolinguistics
* Examines, through theoretical issues, how sociolinguistics, phonetics and cognitive linguistics are linked

Thomas' innovative and friendly introduction to sociophonetics presents both a guide for advanced beginners as well as a basis for further development of professional research.

Industry Reviews

'"Sociophonetics: An Introduction" will quickly become the standard text for students analyzing sound variation, as you would expect from someone of Thomas' stature in the field. This clearly written text fills an instructional gap and joins together strands of research in a thorough and organized manner' Professor Thomas C. Purnell, University of Wisconsin "

Prefacep. xiii
The Place of Sociophoneticsp. 1
A youthful fieldp. 1
What is sociophonetics?p. 2
History of sociophoneticsp. 8
Plan of this bookp. 10
Productionp. 17
Production versus perceptionp. 17
Basic acoustic and signal-processing conceptsp. 17
The source-filter theoryp. 30
Measuring the fundamental frequencyp. 37
Measuring formantsp. 41
Measuring articulation directlyp. 50
Brain imaging techniques and productionp. 52
Perceptionp. 55
Approaching speech perceptionp. 55
Auditory transformationp. 56
Perception experimentsp. 61
Brain imaging techniques and perceptionp. 87
Consonantsp. 90
Lots of attention, but...p. 90
Manner of articulationp. 90
Place of articulation: transitionsp. 98
Place of articulation: frication and burst spectrap. 107
Place of articulation: direct measurement of articulationp. 115
Voice onset timep. 116
Processes affecting coda stopsp. 119
Other voicing propertiesp. 125
Lateralsp. 126
Rhoticsp. 129
Deletion of consonantsp. 135
Vowelsp. 138
Vowels in contextp. 138
Durationp. 139
Applying vowel formant analysisp. 145
Points to measurep. 150
Plotting vowel formant measurementsp. 154
Vowel normalizationp. 160
Interactions between vowel variation and voice qualityp. 171
Steady-state patternsp. 172
Undershootp. 174
Prosodyp. 184
Diverse and full of opportunitiesp. 184
Global factorsp. 185
Lexical prosodyp. 189
Intonationp. 200
Other post-lexical prosodyp. 218
Voice Qualityp. 224
The status of voice qualityp. 224
Measurement domainp. 225
Laryngeal factorsp. 226
Supralaryngeal settingsp. 239
Tensenessp. 248
Combinations of Different Types of Variablesp. 251
Combining variables in production studiesp. 253
Combining variables in perception studiesp. 254
Links between sociophonetics and abstract linguistic issuesp. 255
Variation and the Cognitive Processing of Soundsp. 256
Phonetic processes aren't always automaticp. 256
Variability in cues used for contrastsp. 257
Phasing of gesturesp. 259
Variations in undershootp. 260
Prototype Theory and Exemplar Theoryp. 262
Sound Changep. 273
(In)separability of linguistic and social factorsp. 273
Approaches to the causes of sound change from phoneticsp. 273
Approaches to the causes of sound change from sociolinguisticsp. 279
Social Factors and Phoneticsp. 290
Socio...linguisticsp. 290
Intraspeaker variationp. 292
Clustering of subjectsp. 294
Cognitive sociolinguisticsp. 300
Lateral Transferp. 303
Notesp. 312
Referencesp. 315
Indexp. 340
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ISBN: 9780230224568
ISBN-10: 0230224563
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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