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By Ken Lodge

A serious creation to Phonetics offers middle parts of the topic from fresh new views. It takes a brand new stance at the presentation of easy phonetic abilities for college kids of linguistics. utilizing examples drawn from a wide-range of languages Ken inn introduces the foremost facets of phonetics, analyzing the variation among speech and writing, the body structure of speech construction, simple and unique articulation, and acoustic phonetics.
The e-book encompasses a sensible advisor to transcriptions from sound recordings, and a bit on purposes of phonetics to fields of analysis resembling language edition and accessory. A severe advent to Phonetics offers finished insurance of the entire key parts of the topic, and includes bankruptcy summaries to aid the reader navigate the textual content. severe considering is triggered all through, and this can for that reason be crucial interpreting for college students on introductory phonetics classes either at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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7). It must be emphasized that lip-rounding or spreading is not just a feature of vocoid articulations; it applies equally to contoids, and is often a feature of whole syllables. We shall return to this matter in Chapter Seven. For now we shall follow the conventions of the IPA and focus on the role of the lips in vocoid articulation. 7, the lips can be spread or rounded from the position of rest (neutral). If we position the tongue for a high, front vocoid, we can have the lips in any of the three positions.

Finally, we must note that stops can be oral or nasal. An oral stop is produced with the velum shutting off the nasal passages; a nasal stop has air going through the nose as well as into the mouth behind the stoppage. We should note that the IPA chart is misleading in this respect: it gives the impression that nasality is a manner of articulation just like stops, fricatives, and so on, as listed down the left-hand side of the chart. But in fact, as we shall discuss in more detail in the next chapter, any sound which is oral can also be nasal, except for the sounds that do not use an egressive pulmonic airstream, the implosives, 35 36 A Critical Introduction to Phonetics ejectives and clicks.

We shall come back to this point later, but for now we should concentrate on this idealized schema as a starting point. The vocoid articulations of this idealized set are known as the cardinal vowels, proposed by the British phonetician, Daniel Jones, in the early 20th century and incorporated into the Principles of the IPA (IPA [1949]). They are reference points from which one can plot actual vocoid occurrences, in rather the same way as one can plot directions and points on maps using the points of the compass, north, south, east, west, and so on.

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