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Practical Phonetics for Students of African Languages

ISBN 9781138930940
Published December 6, 2016 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

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 any one 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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