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Handbook of the International Phonetic Association: A Guide to the Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet Paperback – July 8, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0521637510 ISBN-10: 0521637511

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521637511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521637510
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

This is a much needed and superb book.
Alberto M. Mioni
The sound examples can be downloaded and the IPA charts are included in a form that allows easy duplication and enlargement.
Grady O'Rourke
This is a good reference book for all linguistics.
kabuka

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alberto M. Mioni on April 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Grady O'Rourke on May 6, 2007
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I have taken up linguistics as a hobby and I am finding the IPA Handbook a very useful guide to the phonetic alphabet and phonetic transcription. The best part is a phonetic guide to 28 languages such as Cantonese, American English and Arabic. The sound examples can be downloaded and the IPA charts are included in a form that allows easy duplication and enlargement. There is a succinct introduction to phonetics and phonology. All in all this would probably be a handy reference for people on any level.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By kabuka on April 22, 2003
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This book is exactly what one would expect it to be: a thorough explanation of the International Phonetic Alphabet. It has a beginning section on the description of consonant and vowel sounds and thier places of articulation. The best part about the book is it analyzes the phonetic alphabet of most of the world's languages including many lesser used ones such as Bulgarian, Catalan, and Igbo, for example. The back has a description of each of the symbols so one can figure out what sound an unfamiliar symbol represents. This is a good reference book for all linguistics.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ranvel on May 18, 2002
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sayeg on August 15, 2003
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Personally I think that this is a MUST HAVE BOOK for any linguist, or self-proclaimed linguists and linguist-wannabes.

I have used this book many times as an excellent reference on many occasions while attaining my Bachelor's degree in Linguistics. Now, a year later, I still see myself referring back to it for helpful information.
One need not be a linguist to enjoy it, but I highly recommend it as it would significantly aid in ones better understanding if one were to know what a voiceless velar fricative is, per example.
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31 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 9, 2004
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HANDBOOK OF THE IPA is a guide to the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, the standard manner of transcribing speech in all of the world's languages. This is not a textbook of phonetics, one is expected to already know something of the subject, and definitions of phonetic terminology are given only to clarify certain aspects of the alphabet. There are also no criticisms of the IPA; the handbook aims to be entirely practical and avoid theoretical matters.

The opening section of the book introduces the symbols of the IPA and gives some example transcriptions of individual words from various languages. The bulk of the book is dedicated to transcriptions of a translated text in the IPA and twenty-nine languages in all are represented, though unfortunately most are Indo-European. American English is used instead of Received Pronunciation, which I felt would have been more appropriate.

The work has five appendicies. The first, "Principles of the International Phonetic Association", is really a discussion of the principles of the alphabet and does not mention other aspects of the association's work. The second is an explanation of computer coding of IPA symbols. Much space is dedicated to SGML entities, but this can be seen as historically superseded with the inclusion of the IPA within the Unicode Standard. The third appendix discusses the ExtIPA extentions to the IPA, which I found most interesting. These extensions, intended for the transcription of disordered speech, is one aspect of the IPA which one will not normally encounter in linguistics textbooks. The fourth appendix discusses the history and work of the International Phonetic Association, giving the by-laws and information on how to join.
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By Elam King on July 11, 2014
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great book. as advertised.
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