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Handbook of the International Phonetic Association: A Guide to the Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet Paperback – Jun 28 1999

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  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 28 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521637511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521637510
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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"This is an excellent book for speech clinicians, language teachers, and researchers." Dorothy Haubner, ASHA Review

Book Description

This book is a comprehensive guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet, widely used for over a century to transcribe the sounds of languages. The Handbook is in three parts: Part I contains an introduction to phonetic description and exemplification of the use of phonetic symbols; Part II consists of 29 'Illustrations' of the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet to a range of languages; and Part III covers speech pathology, computer codings, and the history of the IPA. This is an essential reference work for phoneticians and linguists more generally.

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This is a much needed and superb book. It is a must for all the specialists and beginners in phonetic transcription. At last, we have a general and compact presentation of the current version of IPA, also throwing new light on the rationale of some choices that were not clear or explicit enough in the papers appeared in the Journal of the IPA. A new symbol (for the retroflex implosive of Sindhi) is also added, together with some proposals for a wider usage of little apex letters. I would have appreciated still more details on the (clumsy and much debatable) solutions proposed by present IPA for tonal notations: I feel definitely more at ease on Yuanren Chao's side! The choice of sample languages is quite balanced as for families and geographical distribution. In my opinion, however, the languages should also have been chosen also because of their sociolinguistic relevance. Might we hope, e.g., for something on Spanish and Italian in the next edition?
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On page 4 of this book I found the following sentence, which really imploded my glottal stops: "This introduction can only deal with a few important points, and readers who need a more through treatment of phonetic description should consult phonetics textbooks" Are these people for real? thought I. It is some comfort to know that there are several excellent phonetics texts currently available. The explanatory sections in this handbook are written in a quaint, almost stuffy sort of prose. Modern Greek and Spanish are not among the languages used to illustrate the pronciples of IPA transcription. In sum, this book is not terribly helplful or useful but educated people should probably own a copy for reasons of historical importance.
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Whether you're a linguist by hobby or profession, this book is essential desk reference material. It's set up in an easy to use manner; it has an array of tables on the alphabet, consice appendices, and transcriptions for many different languages, showing the alphabet in action. It's easy to open up the book and find the tables for easy reference right away. There's nothing you won't find in this book to be able to implement the alphabet in your life, although the way it is set up is such that it's not easy reading if you're a novice. On that same note, however, you won't need any other materials to famaliarize yourself with it.
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