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By Peter Ladefoged

Phonetics is so comprehensible with A path IN PHONETICS and its CD! This best-selling textual content will get undergraduates painlessly into the subdiscipline of phonetics. Attuning your ear and training speech sounds is straightforward with the CD-ROM; over 4,000 audio records contain many types of English and virtually a hundred different languages. The CD additionally comprises fabric for each chapter--recordings of phrases within the tables and function exercises--and maps with hyperlinks to sounds of the languages spoken in a variety of parts of the area.

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First, the vowels classified as high do not have the same tongue height. The back high vowel (point 7) is nowhere near as high as the front vowel (point 1). Second, the so-called back vowels vary considerably in their degree of backness. 12, this kind of specification disregards considerable differences in the shape of the tongue in front vowels and in back vowels. Nor does it take into account the width of the pharynx, which varies considerably and is not entirely dependent on the height of the tongue in different vowels.

Many Midwestern speakers and most Far Western speakers do not distinguish between the vowels in pairs of words such as odd, awed and cot, caught. 2. For example, some speakers (mainly from the East Coast) distinguish the auxiliary verb can from the noun can, the latter being more diphthongal. But we will have to overlook these small differences in this introductory textbook. 2. The two principal forms that will be used in this book are shown in the first and second columns. The first column is suitable for many forms of American English and the second for many forms of British English.

6. pen meat sane ton hoot dud said steak paid toast good died death weak eight both moon mine mess theme lace note grew eye mean green mast toes suit guy Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning, Inc. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. 2 Phonology and Phonetic Transcription Many people think that learning phonetics means simply learning to use phonetic transcription. But there is really much more to the subject than learning to use a set of symbols. A phonetician is a person who can describe speech, who understands the mechanisms of speech production and speech perception, and who knows how languages use these mechanisms.

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