In the general study of speech and phonetics, vowels have stood in second place to consonants. But what vowels are, how they differ from one another, how they vary among speakers, and how they are subject to disorder, are questions that require a closer examination.
This Handbook presents a comprehensive, cogent, and up-to-date analysis of the vowel, including its typical development in children's speech, description by perceptual and instrumental methods, cross-linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects, and disorders of its production and use. It approaches the problems of vowel production and perception from the viewpoints of physiology, physics, psychology, linguistics, phonetics, phonology, and speech-language pathology. The chapters are logically complementary, and the major sections of the book are like key dimensions of understanding, each adding a perspective and base of knowledge on vowels. The sum total of the chapters is a synthesis of information on vowels that has no precedent.
M.M. Hodge, The Development of the Vowel Space in Children: Anatomical and Acoustic Aspects. P. Donegan, Normal Vowel Development. S. Howard, B. Heselwood, The Contribution of Phonetics to the Study of Vowel Development and Disorders. V. Ciocca, T. Whitehill, The Acoustic Measurement of Vowels. A. Lee, N. Zharkova, F. Gibbon, Vowel Imaging. M. Kiefte, T. Nearey, P. Assman, Vowel Perception in Normal Speakers. I. Papakyritsis, A. Granese, Cross-linguistic Study of Vowel Systems. D. Watt, Sociolinguistic Variation in Vowels. J. Reynolds, Recurring Patterns and Idiosyncratic Systems in some English Children with Vowel Disorder. K.E. Pollock, Memphis Vowel Project: Vowel Errors in Children With and Without Phonological Disorders. S.A.R. Bates, J.M.M. Watson, J.M. Scobbie, Context Conditioned Error Patterns in Disordered Systems. A. Jacks, T.P. Marquardt, B.L. Davis, Vowel Production in Childhood and Acquired Apraxia of Speech. R. Perkins, J. Ryalls, Vowels in Foreign Accent Syndrome. J. Rahilly, Vowels in Hearing Impairment. J.L. Gilbert, D.B. Pisoni, Vowel Perception in Listeners with Cochlear Implants. M.J. Ball, Clinical Phonology of Vowel Disorders. F. Gibbon, Therapy for Abnormal Vowels in Children with Speech Disorders.
This new series brings together course material and new research for students, practitioners, and researchers in the various areas of language and speech disorders. Textbooks covering the basics of the discipline will be designed for courses within communication disorders programs in the English-speaking world, and monographs and edited collections will present cutting-edge research from leading scholars in the field.