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Oct 01, 2011Ladefoged's "A Course in Phonetics" is one of the most well-known and best phonetics books around. It is an excellent volume covering just about every element one must know to have a solid base in phonetics. The breakdown favors native English speakers, (and American ones in the US edition, at least) first providing a clear description of the phonetics of English including prosodic features, consonants, and vowels before moving on to all other sound systems. It is fantastically complete given Ladefoged's "A Course in Phonetics" is one of the most well-known and best phonetics books around. It is an excellent volume covering just about every element one must know to have a solid base in phonetics. The breakdown favors native English speakers, (and American ones in the US edition, at least) first providing a clear description of the phonetics of English including prosodic features, consonants, and vowels before moving on to all other sound systems. It is fantastically complete given the size.
Jul 11, 2009Generally the structure of this book is as same as those desighned 2 teach a special course proprely. Phonetics is concered with describing the speech sounds which occur in all lgs spoken in the world. It begins by explaining how speech sounds r made, in 1st chapter, & finally considers utterances in a lg that can be taken in2 account both speaker`s point of view & listener`s, in last 1.
Sep 20, 2011This book is a ideal course book for those who have a degree in Linguistics. Ladefoged is a expert in description of sound especially in fieldwork of linguistics. This book, which is republished for five times gives the readers the basic the pattern of the world's languages.
Nov 08, 2017Probably in my personal TOP 5 introductions of university readings.
Apr 06, 2020Every word in this book is so important! I love reading this book when I first get into the field of linguistics. It gives me lots of inspiration (about deciding to study linguistics) and helps me use a precise way to describe the sound I hear. If you also love the speech sounds in the world, you must read this masterpiece.
Jan 11, 2010Must read!
May 30, 2014'A course in phonetics' is a seminally comprehensive book, in which Ladefoged masterfully, if not diligently, presents the core concepts of temporary phonological theory in a digestible and easy-to-handle approach. The book is theoretically balanced in its structure; however, its comprehensiveness may make it a bit difficult for those who do not possess prior familiarity with some of the basic concepts in the field of phonetics.
May 15, 2011Just as its summary describes it, the book takes an easy-to-understand approach that begins with the basics. This is part of my crash course before graduate school. Will need to revisit a couple of chapters, maybe that on manners of articulation, specifically sounds that are not in English, and that on spectograms.
Nov 25, 2013It was an interesting read. I actually read it to supplement a course on linguistics on the Internet. It was insightful and useful for people learning to speak English as a second/foreign language.
Aug 13, 2010very comprehensible textbook, and the companion CD actually added value to the class. plus, prof. jeff says it's "the" authority on phonetics, so it was worth the $3 million it cost to buy the new edition!
May 27, 2013If you're going to read a phonetics textbook (big IF) then this is a good one. Learned a ton.
Mar 15, 2008A read this for my sabbatical project to develop curriculum for two new ESL pronunciation courses.
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