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A Course in Phonetics (with CD-ROM)

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Phonetics is so understandable with A COURSE IN PHONETICS and its CD! This best-selling text gets undergraduates painlessly into the subdiscipline of phonetics. Attuning your ear and practicing speech sounds is easy with the CD-ROM; over 4,000 audio files include many versions of English and almost 100 other languages. The CD also contains material for every chapter--recor ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Cengage Learning (first published 1975)
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Jul 11, 2009 Ne. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Generally the structure of this book is as same as those desighned 2 teach a special course proprely. Phonetics is concered with describing the speech sounds which occur in all lgs spoken in the world. It begins by explaining how speech sounds r made, in 1st chapter, & finally considers utterances in a lg that can be taken in2 account both speaker`s point of view & listener`s, in last 1.
1ce more I decided 2 start studying Phonetics thorough Ladefoged view & surely it is the best spot
Sep 20, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a ideal course book for those who have a degree in Linguistics. Ladefoged is a expert in description of sound especially in fieldwork of linguistics. This book, which is republished for five times gives the readers the basic the pattern of the world's languages.
Oct 01, 2011 Lucas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: phoneticians, linguists, speech pathologists, sound curious humanoids, all language learners
Shelves: linguistics, 2011
Ladefoged's "A Course in Phonetics" is one of the most well-known and best phonetics books around. It is an excellent volume covering just about every element one must know to have a solid base in phonetics. The breakdown favors native English speakers, (and American ones in the US edition, at least) first providing a clear description of the phonetics of English including prosodic features, consonants, and vowels before moving on to all other sound systems. It is fantastically complete given th ...more
Jan 11, 2010 Nmba marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Must read!
Master linguistics with A COURSE IN PHONETICS with accompanying CD-ROM! The hallmark text for the study of linguistics, A COURSE IN PHONETICS provides a broad overview of the branches of phonetics for students with no prior knowledge. Practicing what you have learned is easy with the CD-ROM that contains more than 4,000 audio files, including recordings of speech from southern and northern U.S. cities, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, New Zealand, other forms of English, and scores of other
May 30, 2014 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'A course in phonetics' is a seminally comprehensive book, in which Ladefoged masterfully, if not diligently, presents the core concepts of temporary phonological theory in a digestible and easy-to-handle approach. The book is theoretically balanced in its structure; however, its comprehensiveness may make it a bit difficult for those who do not possess prior familiarity with some of the basic concepts in the field of phonetics.
Just as its summary describes it, the book takes an easy-to-understand approach that begins with the basics. This is part of my crash course before graduate school. Will need to revisit a couple of chapters, maybe that on manners of articulation, specifically sounds that are not in English, and that on spectograms.
Alvis Yu
Nov 25, 2013 Alvis Yu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting read. I actually read it to supplement a course on linguistics on the Internet. It was insightful and useful for people learning to speak English as a second/foreign language.

Will pick it up again to finish it when I have more free time...
Aug 13, 2010 Jeana rated it really liked it
very comprehensible textbook, and the companion CD actually added value to the class. plus, prof. jeff says it's "the" authority on phonetics, so it was worth the $3 million it cost to buy the new edition!
May 27, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're going to read a phonetics textbook (big IF) then this is a good one. Learned a ton.
Mar 15, 2008 Reuel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A read this for my sabbatical project to develop curriculum for two new ESL pronunciation courses.
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Dec 18, 2010 Melody Violine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thx Peter!
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