This popular and accessible introduction to phonetics is now available in a fully updated second edition. Peter Ladefoged describes how languages use a variety of different sounds, many of them quite unlike any that occur in well--known languages. Important topics covered in Vowels and Consonants include: aeo The main forces operating on the sounds of languages aeo The acoustic components of speech and speech synthesis aeo Computers and Text--To--Speech systems and speech recognition systems aeo Descriptions of the sounds of a wide variety of languages that are reproduced on the accompanying CD. This revised edition includes a new chapter on how we listen to speech and the greatly expanded CD now contains data on 100 languages to reinforce learning and bring the descriptions to life.
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