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A Practical Introduction to Phonetics

Second Edition

J. C. Catford

November 2001

ISBN: 9780199246359

248 pages

In Stock

Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

Price: £24.00



This book is an introduction to practical phonetics, that is, to the description and classification of the sounds of speech. The book's unique approach leads readers to explore the entire range of human sounds by a series of introspective experiments carried out in their own vocal tracts. This highly practical exploration of the subject is informed throughout by recent research, particularly in the aerodynamics and acoustics of speech. The second edition, now part of the Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics series, has been updated throughout, and is now consistent with the revised International Phonetic Alphabet (1996).

  • J. C. Catford is widely regarded as the leading practical phonetician of our time
  • Updated usage of phonetic symbols in line with the latest International Phonetic Alphabet Chart (1996)
  • Attractive new text design and larger student-friendly format
  • Revised and updated text, figures, and further reading
  • Over 120 simple experiments enable readers to explore and understand the basic principles of phonetics
  • Systematic exploration of the entire range of human sounds, with a separate chapter on sound systems
  • Second edition includes a revised further reading section and new references to the most important recent publications
  • The best introduction to phonetics for students of speech therapy or training to teach English as a foreign language

About the Author(s)

J. C. Catford, University of Michigan

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: Basic components of speech
    3: Phonation: A third basic component
    4: Articulation: Stricture types
    5: Articulation: Locations
    6: Co-articulation and sequences
    7: Vowels: Introduction
    8: The cardinal vowels
    9: Prosodic features
    10: Sound systems of languages
    11: Review
    For further reading
    Appendix: The International Phonetic Alphabet


Review from previous edition 'an introduction to general phonetics that integrates the articulatory and the acoustic aspects of the subject in a way that few other introductory works do; that gives a comprehensive view of the whole subject' - Kritikon Litterarum