Aspects of Spoken Language(1996)


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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. PART I: FOUNDATIONS
      1 LANGUAGE
      1.1The Nature of Language
      1.2The Primacy of Speech
      1.3Language Mediums
      1.4Features of the Medium
      1.4.1 Indexicai Features
      1.4.2 Aesthetic Features
      1.5The Fiction of Homogeneity
      1.6Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHAPTER 1

      2 PHONETICS
      2.1 The Nature of Speech Sounds
      2.2 The Study of Speech Sounds
      2.3 Branches of Phonetics
      2.3.1 Articulatory Phonetics
      2.3.2 Auditory Phonetics
      2.3.3 Acoustic Phonetics
      2.3.4 Relationship of the Branches
      2.4 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHAPTER 2

PART II: CORE ISSUES
      3 PHONEMES AND ALLOPHONES
      3.1 Sounds and Letters
      3.2 The Phoneme
      3.3 Allophones
      3.4 Theories of the Phoneme
      3.4 1 The Phoneme as a Phonetic Reality
      3.4.2 The Phoneme as a Phonological Reality
      3.4.3 The Phoneme as a Psychological Reality
      3.5 Phoneme Theories: An Evaluation
      3.6 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHPATER 3

    4 SPEECH PRODUCTION
      4.1 The Focus
      4.2 The Organs Involved
      4.2.1 Problem of Terminology
      4.2.2 Categories of Organs
      4.3 Production Process
      4.3.1 Respiratory and Phonatory Stages
      4.3.2 Articulatory Stages
      4.4 Fixed and Movable Organs
      4.4.1 A relative Description
      4.4.2 Specific Functions of Organs
      4.5 Sound Articulation: Specific Issues
      4.6 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHAPTER4

      5 TRANSCRIPTION
      5.1 Meaning/Conventions
      5.2 The IPA
      5.3 Transcription: Types and System
      5.3.1 Types of Transcription
      5.3.2 Systems of Transcription
      5.4 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHAPTER 5

      6 CONSONANT SOUNDS
      6.1 Sounds in Natural Languages
      6.2 Consonants in Natural Languages
      6.3 Consonants of English - Analysis
      6.4 Consonants of English - Description
      6.5 Consonants Position in English Words
      6.6 Consonants of Ibibio —Analysis/ Description
      6.7 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHPATER 6

      7 VOWEL SOUNDS
      7.1 Vowels in Natural Languages
      7.2 Cardinal Vowels
      7.3 English Vowels
      7.3.1 Pure Vowels
      7.3.2 Diphthongs
      7.3.3 Triphthongs
      7.4 Ibibio Vowels: Analysis / Description
      7.5 Summary
      7.6 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHPATER 7

PART III: EPILOGUE
      8 ACHIEVING COMPETENCE IN SPEECH
      8.1 The Issues Involved
      8.2 Sound Acquisition
      8.3 Sound Learning
      8.3.1 Sound Learning: The Case of a Second Language
      8.3.2 Sound Learning: Foreign and Alternate Languages
      8.4 The Model
      8.5 Review Questions
      NOTES TO CHPATER 8
      REFERENCES
      INDEX

Aspects of Spoken Language deals with sounds and related matters in natural languages. Its focus is a simpli?cation of otherwise difficult concepts and issues in speech production and perception. Students, lecturers and general readers in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education will finnd the book a welcome source to retum to. For those in departments of English, Lnguistics, Education, Communication Arts and Theatre Arts, the book will remain invaluable or undergraduate students in partict lar and for advanced students who need additional clari?cation on specific topics treated.

Both David Eka and Inyang Udofot are professors of English in the University of Uyo. They have had several years of experience of teaching phonetics and editing jourrals in the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English, Uriiversity of Uyo. They have also published journal articles and book chapters nationally and internationally. Professor Eka has published, among others, Elements of Grammar and Mechanics of the English Language, Phonological Foundation I : English and Issues in Nigerian English Usage. Professor (Mrs) lnyang Udofot has published among others A Critical Review of Seven West African Poems, English Semantics and An Introduction to the Morphology of English.

Aspects of spoken language was first published in 1996. It has been reprinted twice: 2001 and 2009.



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