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Applied Phonetics: The Sound of American English (Clinical Competence Series) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1565938489
ISBN-10: 1565938488
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Product Details

  • Series: Clinical Competence Series
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Singular; 2 edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565938488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565938489
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mikhail Ordin on December 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a reference book rather than a textbook. Theoretical questions are covered very scarcely, definitions of major phonetic and phonological concepts are inadequate for the students of linguistics. Suprasegmental phonetics is not dealt with at all (a brief chapter at the end of the book is not counted as a coverage of suprasegmentals). The book does not explain things. I do not recommend it as a major textbook for the students. Because of the fact that this book is featured as a textbook, I give it three stars. It is not very good to be used as a major textbook, but still the book is worth having as a guide into phonemic inventory of American English.

As a general reference guide to phonemic inventory of American English this book is unraveled. I have never come across a book containing that much info on each phoneme, including allophonic variations, acoustic parameters and some auditory peculiarities of main allophones, spelling-pronunciations conversions, frequency data, etc.

A workbook with CDs can be used as a nice tool to practice American English transcription on basic level, with some rare exercises on transcribing disordered and accented speech. There are loads of exercises, but they are not very advanced. the author follows the principle by going from easy tasks to more difficult ones, but he does not go very far into details. Transcription exercises in Roach's Phonetics and Phonology (one of the best PRACTICAL phonetics books for beginners, British English) are better, although there are much fewer of them. This workbook can provide additional exercises (please watch the differences between British and American English if you combine) and for some practice in disordered and accented speech.
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Format: Paperback
This is a great book but I would recommend getting the second edition (this edition has the subtitle "the sound of American English"). I compared the second and third editions and found that the contents do not differ between the two editions. However, spectrorgams and diagrams are sharper and easier to see in the second edition.
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This was the only one of my textbooks that was shipped to me very quickly, and actually arrived before my classes. That made me extremely happy. This version was good and no outright noticeable damages. Would have been nice a bit cheaper since I have to get the handbook to go with the textbook anyway, but that's really my only complaint. Should be fine not having CD with it.
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Format: Paperback
had this book for my phonetics class. has chapters on all sets
of sounds. very easy to understand. very helpul with glossary
and appendixes.
workbook goes along with the book.
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Product arrived on time considering it was ordered over the MLK weekend and was the correct item!!

Two thumbs Up !!
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