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Investigating Spoken English

A Practical Guide to Phonetics and Phonology Using Praat

Authors: Beňuš, Štefan

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  • The first introductory textbook to incorporate Praat freeware
  • Takes a highly interactive and engaging approach to phonetics and phonology
  • Contains ideas and guidelines for mini research projects which explore students' own speaking patterns
  • Suitable for self-directed study or in-class use, depending on the instructor's preferences
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About this Textbook

Combining coverage of the key concepts and tools within phonetics and phonology with a systematic introduction to Praat, this textbook provides a lively and engaging 'way in' to the discipline. The author first covers the fundamentals of the articulatory and acoustic aspects of speech and introduces Praat as the main tool for examining and visualising speech. Next, the unit of analysis is gradually expanded (from syllables to words to turns and dialogues) and excerpts of real dialogues exemplify the core concepts for discovering how speech works. The final part of the book brings all the concepts and notions together with commentaries to the transcription of several short excerpts of dialogues. This book will be essential reading for students on undergraduate courses in phonetics and phonology.

About the authors

Štefan Beňuš is Assistant Professor at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia. He completed his PhD at New York University and has previously worked at Columbia University and Brown University, USA. 

Reviews

“The book brings a practical approach to understanding spoken English in a compelling

and lucid way. It is filled with simple, hands-on suggestions for engaging with your own

speech and testing a wide range of ideas in phonetics and phonology. Its presentation

of intonation and prosody is exciting and masterful. A must for any students wishing to

gain a rapid, broad-ranging and very accessible understanding of how sounds are put to

use in speech communication.” (Jonathan Harrington, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany) 

“Praat is today the most widely used program for the automatic analysis of speech.

The software is extensively documented but does not provide the basic knowledge of

phonetics and phonology needed to use it efficiently. The first book in English to cover

both Praat and the fields of phonetics and phonology, this will be an extremely valuable

resource for the many thousands of Praat-users who do not have a solid background in

speech sciences.” (Daniel Hirst, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

& Aix-Marseille University, France) 

“A wealth of practical hands-on activities and follow-up commentaries guide the reader toward their own discoveries and understanding the foundations that provide for our ability to communicate in English in its true form as a spoken language. The phonetic analyses make the book valuable for anyone interested in speech and its relation to language in general. This includes all speakers of English! Moreover, the book appears to be excellent also for self-guided and distance-based learning.” (Martti Vainio, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-54349-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-54348-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Investigating Spoken English
Book Subtitle
A Practical Guide to Phonetics and Phonology Using Praat
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54349-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54349-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-54348-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 272
Number of Illustrations
43 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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