A Course in Phonetics 6th Edition

Peter Ladefoged, Keith Johnson

  • © 2011
  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2006, 2001, 1993
  • 336 Pages


Peter Ladefoged's A COURSE IN PHONETICS remains the authoritative text for the study of phonetics. Retaining Ladefoged's student-friendly writing style, the Sixth 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. The included CD-ROM contains over 4,000 audio files of nearly 100 languages, as well as maps keyed to sounds of languages where they are spoken. The CD also contains material for every chapter, such as recordings of the tables, many examples, and the exercises.

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What's New

  • Keith Johnson, a leading phonetician, has revised the material on acoustic phonetics to incorporate developments in technology and research and offer students more opportunities to apply new knowledge.
  • Acoustic analysis is introduced in early chapters with spectrograms of English and non-English speech sounds so that students can use their high levels of computer literacy to perform analysis from the start.
  • Images of MRIs and X-ray data have been added, providing students with more visual images of the articulatory organs (tongue, velum, etc.) and the airflow when humans produce sounds.
  • The Sixth Edition features an extensively revised final chapter on linguistic phonetics to help students understand the relationship between phonetics and phonology, the principles of the IPA, and phonetics of the community vs. phonetics of the individual.
  • The accompanying CD-ROM is updated to include new chapter exercises to coincide with those in the book, new sound files, and a more streamlined navigation and appearance. All of the sound files have also been converted to a more widely used format.

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