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Fundamentals of Phonetics: A Practical Guide for Students (with FREE Audio CD) [Paperback]

Larry H. Small
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Nov. 12 1998 0205273319 978-0205273317 1
Phonetics is an auditory-based skill that can only be acquired through listening and pronouncing. So one may wonder whether learning about phonetics from a book is the most effective way to understand it. This is what makes Small's Fundamentals of Phonetics unique -- it is not just a book, but an entire learning package, offering a CD-ROM and audio cassettes which enhance and enliven phonetic understanding for all readers. A refreshingly unique and thorough book, offering a practice-based approach. The focus of this book is on learning the skills necessary for expert phonetic transcription of individuals with disordered speech. In addition, this book emphasizes issues tied to linguistic phonetics with an introduction to clinical phonetics, and issues involving dialectal variation of speech. Each chapter is followed by an abundance of exercises that help readers apply the material presented. Without auditory examples, it is difficult for readers to develop first-hand recognition experience with dialects, word stress, and production of certain speech sounds. The CD-ROM, included with the book, and the supplemental audio cassette tapes, enable readers to listen to examples and absorb additional information. Phonics specialists, linguists, speech pathologists, and instructors and researchers in these fields.

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Phonetics is an auditory-based skill that can only be acquired through listening and pronouncing. So one may wonder whether learning about phonetics from a book is the most effective way to understand it. This is what makes Small's Fundamentals of Phonetics unique -- it is not just a book, but an entire learning package, offering a CD-ROM and audio cassettes which enhance and enliven phonetic understanding for all readers. A refreshingly unique and thorough book, offering a practice-based approach. The focus of this book is on learning the skills necessary for expert phonetic transcription of individuals with disordered speech. In addition, this book emphasizes issues tied to linguistic phonetics with an introduction to clinical phonetics, and issues involving dialectal variation of speech. Each chapter is followed by an abundance of exercises that help readers apply the material presented. Without auditory examples, it is difficult for readers to develop first-hand recognition experience with dialects, word stress, and production of certain speech sounds. The CD-ROM, included with the book, and the supplemental audio cassette tapes, enable readers to listen to examples and absorb additional information. Phonics specialists, linguists, speech pathologists, and instructors and researchers in these fields.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and detailed English phonetics text Jan. 31 2004
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After looking at a number of textbooks for a course in English phonetics, I decided to use Fundamentals of Phonetics by Larry Small. The book almost teaches itself. There are hundreds of short exercises that students can use on their own. The answer key at the back of the book covers a vast majority of the learning tools. My task as a teacher is greatly simplified.
The examples and diagrams are clear. I also like the enclosed CD with sample utterances. I would have preferred that the audio tapes mentioned in the text be included on the CD, rather than as a separate purchase.
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I found the book to be very well organized and a useful reference. The CD was not as helpful. The author could have done more with the CD, putting more material to get his message across. All in all though, for someone studying G.A. phonology in another country, this has proved to be a sound guide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and detailed English phonetics text Jan. 31 2004
By Peter J. Silzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After looking at a number of textbooks for a course in English phonetics, I decided to use Fundamentals of Phonetics by Larry Small. The book almost teaches itself. There are hundreds of short exercises that students can use on their own. The answer key at the back of the book covers a vast majority of the learning tools. My task as a teacher is greatly simplified.
The examples and diagrams are clear. I also like the enclosed CD with sample utterances. I would have preferred that the audio tapes mentioned in the text be included on the CD, rather than as a separate purchase.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of an Applied Linguistics Distance Learner (M.A.) Oct. 2 2000
By Andrea Yoson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found the book to be very well organized and a useful reference. The CD was not as helpful. The author could have done more with the CD, putting more material to get his message across. All in all though, for someone studying G.A. phonology in another country, this has proved to be a sound guide.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this! Feb. 1 2008
By Mysti - Published on Amazon.com
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I am using this book for my "Applied Phonetics" class and it is working out great. It is very thorough and well put together. I haven't opened the cd yet so I am not sure how helpful that is. I have been working through the book at a steady pace and haven't felt like anything is negative about this book, I really like it so far. Obviously if you are buying this you need it for something to do with speech/language or for a class so it might be required. It is worth the money and make sure you buy it new or you will do a lot of erasing and whiting-out. This is a workbook with pages and pages of writing exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great phonetics book. Oct. 7 2010
By Maddie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was so easy to understand & use for my intro to phonetics class. Very well organized. Thank you for your rapid delivery as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Required text June 29 2013
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a required text for speech class. It is an easy read and provides many practice examples to solidify learning. Recommended
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