* helps develop the fundamental skills of the phonetician
* investigates the various aspects involved in the production of speech sounds
* uses data-based material to reinforce each new concept
* includes examples from a wide range of languages
* provides dozens of exercises with solutions and cross-references
* can complement existing course or textbook material.
The second edition of Speech Sounds has been revised and updated throughout and includes new examples and exercises, a new appendix giving information on career prospects; and a fully updated further reading section.
'This is a very approachable introduction to the description and classification of the sounds of speech - not only the sounds of English, but all the various sound-types represented in the Chart of the International Phonetic Association. Dr Ashby's friendly style leads the reader through homophones and homographs, velars and alveolars, palatalization and nasalization, all with helpful practical examples and exercises. This book has rightly acquired a high reputation with teachers and learners of practical phonetics.' - John Wells, Professor of Phonetics, University College London, UK