About The Book

The Functional Phonetics Workbook, now in its third edition, emphasizes the basics of learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) in a simplified, useful manner so students can be successful and confident at IPA transcription. It meets the need for undergraduate students majoring in communication sciences and disorders who require one semester of training in phonetics.

The workbook includes easy-to-use phoneme study cards, which help students learn the symbol/sound association using the IPA, clear diagrams illustrating how sounds are produced, and audio files of transcription exercises related to the study cards. New with this edition, the audio files are available on CDs and a companion website. The workbook comes with access to both so users can choose the format that best suits their needs. Also included are learning objectives to every chapter, study questions to reinforce learning, and a glossary of terms.

New to the Third Edition

  • Listening Activities, which provide students with an opportunity to hear the contrast between phonemes
  • A PluralPlus companion website that contains each audio file, in addition to the CDs
  • A chart for place-manner-voicing
  • A list of Internet resources

The Functional Phonetics Workbook, Third Edition retains the user-friendly features that have made the text popular with those who want to refresh their knowledge of phonetics or learn the basics of the IPA. It is a valuable classroom resource for introductory phonetics courses, and it can be used for individuals to learn the IPA who may not have access to formal instruction.

About The Authors

Mary Lou Marsoun Cancio, MA, received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from California State University, Fresno in 1987. Since then, she has been employed in a public school setting and as a part-time lecturer. She has taught the introductory phonetics course at CSU-Fresno since 1994. She has also taught introduction to communicative disorders, introduction to language development, and diagnostic procedures courses, as well as provided supervision for clinicians. Ms. Cancio served as advisor to the CSU-Fresno Chapter of NSSLHA from 1998 to 2003. She has also served as secretary to the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies Chapter of the CSU-Fresno Alumni Association since 1995. In this capacity, she arranged conferences for nationally recognized speakers in communicative disorders to provide continuing education to area professionals. In 2003, she was the recipient of the CASHA District 5 Outstanding Achievement Award and in 2005 received the Friends of CDDS Appreciation Award for more than 10 years of service to the Department of Communicative Disorders at CSU-Fresno.

Sadanand Singh, PhD, (1934-2010) was a fellow of the American-Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA) and an active member to the direction of that organization. Dr. Singh was chairman of Plural Publishing and had been a professor at The Ohio State University, professor and department chair at Howard University, professor and director at the University of Texas Health Science program, and professor and chairman of the Communicative Disorders Department at San Diego State University. He also served on advisory boards with leading scientists, clinicians, and professors in several areas of key academic and clinical concentration. Dr. Singh authored undergraduate and graduate texts in phonetics, phonology, measurements, and clinical procedures.

Table Of Contents

Workbook Format

Chapter 1. The International Phonetic Alphabet
Chapter 2. Learning to Write IPA Symbols: Syllables and Word Shapes
Chapter 3. Articulatory Aspects of Phonetics
Chapter 4. Stop-Consonants
Chapter 5. Consonants: Nasals and Syllabics
Chapter 6. Consonants: Fricatives
Chapter 7. Consonants: Affricates
Chapter 8. Consonants: Oral Resonants
Chapter 9. Articulation of Vowels
Chapter 10. Front Vowels
Chapter 11. Central Vowels
Chapter 12. Back Vowels
Chapter 13. Diphthongs
Chapter 14. Word Stress
Chapter 15. Dynamics of Connected Speech
Chapter 16. Dialect Differences

Appendix A. The International Phonetic Alphabet
Appendix B. Answers to Exercises
Appendix C. Answers to Study Questions
Appendix D. Listening Activities
Appendix E. Table of Contents for Audio Files
Online Resources
Phoneme Study Cards


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