From Speech Physiology to Linguistic Phonetics

From Speech Physiology to Linguistic Phonetics

Author(s): Alain Marchal

Published Online: 19 JAN 2010

Print ISBN: 9781848211131

Online ISBN: 9780470611869

DOI: 10.1002/9780470611869

About this Book

Communicating by speech is seemingly one of the most natural activities for humans. However, despite its apparent obviousness and ease, speech production is a very complex activity with multiple levels of organization involved with transforming cognitive intent into a meaningful sequence of sounds. This book establishes a connection between the physiology of speech and linguistics, and provides a detailed account of speech production processes, indicating how various languages of the world make use of human anthropophonic capacities. The book also offers new insights into the possible ways in which articulatory-based phonetics and phonology might be unified, making it essential reading matter for anyone involved in this field. Numerous illustrations are included which enhance the reader's understanding.

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