Articulatory Phonetics: Tools for Analyzing the World's Languages

Bickford, Anita C. and Rick Floyd

This textbook is a revision and expansion of A Manual for Articulatory Phonetics, compiled by Rick Floyd in 1981 and revised in 1986. It includes many other people's materials from articulatory phonetics courses as taught for over sixty years in the training schools of SIL International. It also includes much information from sources outside of SIL.

It is written in an informal, personal style and is a practical book for teachers and students alike. Most chapters begin with a statement of goals and conclude with a list of key concepts and exercises. Examples, tables, and explanatory figures are distributed liberally throughout.

This book is oriented primarily towards native speakers of American English, particularly with reference to examples used to guide pronunciation of new sounds. However, most of the information included should be profitable to students regardless of their native language.

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is used for the phonetic transcription, but the equivalent Americanist symbols are also given in order to equip the student to use other linguists' materials, regardless of which system they use to transcribe their data.

About the Authors

Anita Bickford (M.A., University of North Dakota) specializes in second language acquisition and articulatory phonetics and regularly teaches courses in both at the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota.

Rick Floyd (Ph.D., University of California in San Diego), has studied Wanka Quechua in the central Peruvian Andes since 1981. He has taught phonetics and other courses at several SIL schools and is a linguistic consultant of SIL Peru. He is the author of The Structure of Evidential Categories in Wanka Quechua and numerous articles.

Table of Contents:


  1. Sound Identification
  2. Face Diagrams
  3. Fricatives
  4. Stops
  5. Vowels
  6. Nasals
  7. More Vowels
  8. Tracking
  9. Sibilants
  10. Uses of Pitch Variation
  11. Stress
  12. Nasalized Vowels
  13. Laterals
  14. Length
  15. Voiceless Vowels
  16. Affricates
  17. Glottal Consonants
  18. Central Approximants
  19. Review Exercises and Tables (I)
  20. Palatal and Uvular Consonants
  21. Syllabic Consonants and Prenasalization
  22. Transition and Release of Consonants
  23. Speech Styles
  24. Fronting and Retroflexion
  25. Ejectives
  26. Flaps and Trills
  27. States of the Glottis
  28. Implosives
  29. Breathy Stops and Affricates
  30. Pharyngeal and Epiglottal Consonants
  31. Secondary Articulations
  32. Consonant Clusters, Vowel Clusters, and Vowel Glides
  33. Double Articulations
  34. Tongue Root Placement and Vowels
  35. Fortis and Lenis Consonants; Controlled and Ballistic Syllables
  36. Clicks
  37. Palatography
  38. Miscellaneous Final Details
  39. Review Exercises and Tables (II)

Index of Languages
Subject Index

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