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.
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