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Phonetics: A Contemporary Approach

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    ISBN: 9781449678890

Arden R. Thorum

Phonetics: A Contemporary Approach introduces students to linguistic phonetics and teaches the skills necessary for clinical application. Centered on a strong foundation of hands-on experience, this dynamic text is designed to help instructors provide their students with the most current topics and theories related to phonetics and phonetic transcription. Students will utilize theories and principles by creating their own Articulation Test, giving them an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned. With fun and engaging learning tools including challenging word puzzles, riddles, transcription exercises, fill-in-the-blank questions, and anagrams, Phonetics: A Contemporary Approach provides students and instructors with a wealth of unique resources for learning and teaching.


    International Phonetic Alphabet and its clinical applications
    Sound/symbol association used to describe each of the American English speech sounds and their characteristics
    Information regarding the English Language
    History of United States English spelling and pronunciation
    Information and discussion of the speech and hearing mechanisms
    A comprehensive study of the American English vowels, dipthongs, and consonants, including extensive transcription drill exercises
    A discussion of the clinical applications of the concepts of phonetic science


    Test Bank


    Sound/Symbol Reference Chart
    Word Puzzles
    Fill-in-the-blank Questions
    Transcription Exercises
    Companion Website with an Interactive Glossary featuring phonetic symbols and audio, Matching Exercises, and Flashcards

Please note: Some electronic versions and eBooks do not contain an access code to the Companion Website.
Features & Benefits


     A purpose statement
     Learning objectives
     Introduction to the material
     Examples of concepts
     Summary statement
     Skill building activities
     Review Questions

Table of Contents

Chapter  1  What Is Phonetics?
Chapter  2  Phonetics: Sound/Symbol Recognition
Chapter  3  The English Language and United States English Dialects
Chapter  4  United States English Spelling and Pronunciation Differences
Chapter  5  The Three Ss: Sounds, Syllables, and Suprasegmentals
Chapter  6  Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
Chapter  7  Vowels and Diphthongs
Chapter  8  Long Vowels and Diphthongs
Chapter  9  Characteristics of the Short Vowels
Chapter  10  Other Vowels and Diphthongs
Chapter  11  The Three Rs: Two Vowels and a Consonant
Chapter  12  United States English Consonants
Chapter  13  Familiar Phonetic Symbols: Stop Consonants Analysis and Transcription
Chapter  14  Familiar Phonetic Symbols: Fricative Consonants Analysis and Transcription
Chapter  15  Unfamiliar Phonetic Symbols: Fricative Consonants Analysis and Transcription
Chapter  16  Affricate Consonants: Two Sounds Combine to Make One
Chapter  17  Nasal and Oral Resonant Consonants Analysis and Transcription
Chapter  18  Clinical Application: Make Your Own Articulation Test

Arden R. Thorum is Emeriti Professor of Communicative Disorders, Department of Human Communication, California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Thorum received his Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Utah, his Master of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

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