A Course in Phonetics 7th Edition

Peter Ladefoged, Keith Johnson

  • © 2015
  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011, 2006, 2001
  • 352 Pages


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!

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  • 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.

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