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Practical Phonetics for Students of African Languages

By D Westermann, Ida C. Ward

© 2015 – Routledge

170 pages

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About the Book

First published in 1933, this book looks at the phonetics of African languages. It argues that a good grounding in phonetics and tone work is an indispensable preliminary to anyone embarking on a study of African language and so provides the material necessary for this in a simple form.

The volume is primarily a practical manual for students of African languages but will also be an invaluable tool for students of general linguistics as a work of scientific interest. The languages observed present features of language that are very different to those found in Europe.

Table of Contents

Foreword By Professor Daniel Jones 1. The Difficulties of Learning a New Language 2. Phonetic Alphabets and Phonetic Orthography 3. The Organs of Speech 4. Classification of Sounds: Vowels and Consonants 5. Phonemes 6. Vowels of African Languages 7. Less Usual Vowels 8. Nasalized vowels 9. Diphthongs 10. Consonants: classification and Description (General) 11. Plosive Consonants 12. Nasal Consonants 13. Lateral, Rolled, and Flapped Consonants 14. Fricative Consonants 15. Affricates 16. Semi-Vowels 17. Implosive Consonants 18. Ejective Consonants 19. Click Consonants 20. Sounds with More Than One Articulation 21. Syllables 22. Stress: Length 23. Sounds in Connected Speech 24. Tone Languages and How to Study Them; Bibliography; Subject Index; Index of Languages

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General