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Discovering Phonetics and Phonology

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Written in a lively and engaging style, this brand new textbook provides students with a friendly yet authoritative introduction to the sounds of language. Divided into six thematic parts, it unpicks the relationship between...

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Written in a lively and engaging style, this brand new textbook provides students with a friendly yet authoritative introduction to the sounds of language. Divided into six thematic parts, it unpicks the relationship between sound and spelling before showing you how to describe and classify sounds. It then explains how sounds are combined into syllables, morphemes and words, and looks at stress, tone and duration, collectively known as prosody. It concludes with a discussion of a range of phonological features, processes and theories, including Generative Phonology, Optimality Theory and Feature Geometry. Quizzes prompt students to reflect on what they already know about the subject, and end-of-chapter exercises enable them to consolidate their knowledge before moving on.

This book will be essential reading for undergraduates studying phonetics and phonology as part of an English Language or Linguistics degree.

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  • Breaks away from traditional introductions to the subject by addressing the relationship between spelling and pronunciation
  • Each chapter includes quick quizzes, exercises and `brief asides', which expand on ideas within the text
  • Contains appendices with additional guidance on phonetic alphabets, practical tips on using Praat and suggestions for classroom activities


PART I: What is Phonetics and Why Do I Need It?
1. Sound and Spelling
2. Doing Phonetics
PART II: How to Describe and Classify Sounds
3. Consonants
4. Vowels
PART III: Putting Sounds Together
5. Syllables
6. Morphemes and Words
Part IV: Rhythm and Tune
7. Stress
8. Tone and Intonation
9. Length and Duration
Part V: Phonology
10. Phonological Features and Classes
11. Phonemes
12. Problems with Phonemes
Part VI: Phonological Theory
13. Processes
14. Theoretical Approaches
Appendix A: Phonetic Alphabets
Appendix B: Praat
Appendix C: Classroom Exercises
Index.

This is a uniquely accessible introduction to both phonetics and phonology. It makes the subject approachable by activating connections with students' everyday lives and using jargon-free explanations. Many students have been waiting for a book like this. (Yuni Kim, University of Essex, UK)
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Lynne Cahill is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sussex, UK. In recent years she has focused on the relationship between spelling and pronunciation, with a particular interest in variant spellings in contexts as diverse as medieval legal documents and computer mediated communication.


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Lynne Cahill is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sussex, UK. In recent years she has focused on the relationship between spelling and pronunciation, with a particular interest in variant spellings in contexts as diverse as medieval legal documents and computer mediated communication.


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