About The Book

Phonetics: Principles and Practices, Third Edition, introduces students to the study of speech sounds and explains why the study is important and necessary. This text is a launching point for study in the field of phonetics. It introduces readers to the key elements in phonetic study, providing an overview of phonetic transcription, anatomy of speech production and perception, the physics of sound, properties of vowels, diphthongs, and consonants, stress and intonation, and connected speech.

One of the strengths of this text is the variety of exercises, which are designed with student self-learning in mind. Chapters include fill-in-the-blank, true/false, multiple choice, and transcription reading and writing exercises.

  • Study objectives introduce each chapter
  • Exercises at the end of each chapter with answer key at the back
  • A concise readable style aids student learning
  • Uniquely features a joint speech-language pathology and audiology perspective

About The Author

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

  • Preface to the Third Edition
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition

  • 1) Introduction to Phonetics.
  • 2) Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • 3) Articulatory Aspects of Speech Production.
  • 4) Articulatory Aspects of Phonetics: Vowels and Diphthongs.
  • 5) Acoustic Aspects of Phonetics.
  • 6) Perceptual Phonetics.
  • 7) Distinctive Features and Patterns of Acquisition for Consonants and Vowels.
  • 8) Stress Intonation
  • 9) Dynamics of Connected Speech.

  • Appendix A; International Phonetic Alphabet (revised to 1993, updated 1996)
  • Appendix B: Answers to Exercises
  • Index


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