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Phonetic Symbol Guide 1st Edition
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The work is generally satisfactory, but it is imperfect. In its discussion of IPA the Guide might be seen as historically superseded, for the IPA subsequently released its own official Handbook, which is less easy to use than the work of Pullum and Ladusaw but perhaps more reliable. With regard to other usage, I was disappointed to find that there was no information on the use of certain symbols in Finno-Ugric/Uralic phonetic alphabets. In fact, outside of IPA and American usage there isn't much information. The book may have well ballooned to twice its size if more usage was added, but it would have made the book a much more useful reference.
If one frequently works with American transcriptions of speech, the PHONETIC SYMBOL GUIDE might be an excellent reference to get. People concerned with the IPA should probably simply get the HANDBOOK OF THE INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ASSOCIATION.
However, this book is NOT a course in phonetics or in the International Phonetic Alphabet. Picking this book up and reading through it, cover to cover, would be largely useless and downright masochistic, and if you're only working with symbols from the Modern IPA, this book won't be terribly useful. This book is a reference title, not a textbook, so unless you're in the trenches with antiquated or esoteric phonetic symbols on a semi-regular basis, this book might just collect dust on your shelf.
So, for the Phonetician or Linguist who might have a use for it, this book is an incredible resource, but for the new student or casual reader, this book is largely unnecessary.
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Have you ever bumped into those odd symbols of pronunciation when reading. This is the reference you need to decipher these symbols. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very intense and albeit accurate study of the IPA. Not an IPA for Dummies. Hardcore IPA at it's best.Published on April 20, 2014 by Matthew Davis Glass
A very comprehensive guide to phonetic symbols used in IPA, including those for which approval has been withdrawn, & US usage. Read morePublished on September 17, 2009 by Mr. E. Glyn Davies
I have found this book to be a very helpful, well organized reference guide to phonetic symbols. My initial phonetic training was in the Americanist system, and though I now more... Read morePublished on November 18, 2007 by Paul Stevenson