Sociophonetics: An Introduction

Paperback | January 15, 2011

byErik Thomas

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Sociophonetics – the interface of sociolinguistics and phonetics – is a field that has expanded rapidly in recent years. A subject that requires both methodological and theoretical assessment for study, sociophonetics has never before been presented in a way that ties these fundamental strands together so successfully.
This comprehensive and user friendly introduction seamlessly marries the dual cores of sociophonetics into one accessible text.

In a methodical and structured approach, Sociophonetics: An Introduction:

* Provides detailed analysis of phonetic variables, discussing consonants, vowels, prosody and voice quality
*  Includes clear and thorough explanations of how to measure linguistic phenomena and conduct acoustic analyses and perception experiments
* Contains almost 200 illustrations of phonetic processes and 'field marks' for the examination of sociolinguistic variables
* Covers a variety of theoretical approaches, including exemplar theory and cognitive sociolinguistics
* Examines, through theoretical issues, how sociolinguistics, phonetics and cognitive linguistics are linked

Thomas' innovative and friendly introduction to sociophonetics presents both a guide for advanced beginners as well as a basis for further development of professional research.

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Sociophonetics – the interface of sociolinguistics and phonetics – is a field that has expanded rapidly in recent years. A subject that requires both methodological and theoretical assessment for study, sociophonetics has never before been presented in a way that ties these fundamental strands together so successfully. This comprehensi...

ERIK R. THOMAS is Associate Professor in the Department of English at North Carolina State University, USA. He has conducted research on various sociophonetic topics, including aspects of both production and perception. He is the author of An Acoustic Analysis of Vowel Variation in New World English and The Development of Africa Ameri...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230224563

ISBN - 13:9780230224568

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Place of Sociophonetics
Production
Perception
Consonants
Vowels
Prosody
Voice Quality
Combinations of Different Types of Features
Variation and the Cognitive Processing of Sounds
Sound Change
Social Factors and Phonetics
Lateral Transfer
Notes
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

'Sociophonetics: An Introduction will quickly become the standard text for students analyzing sound variation, as you would expect from someone of Thomas' stature in the field. This clearly written text fills an instructional gap and joins together strands of research in a thorough and organized manner' – Professor Thomas C. Purnell, University of Wisconsin