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Guide to the Phonetic Symbols of Spanish
Timothy L. Face
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Front cover image   xii + 168 pages
publication date: July 2008

ISBN 978-1-57473-026-5 paperback, $24.95
ISBN 978-1-57473-126-2 library binding, $64.95

 


Overview

This important reference presents the many phonetic symbols and symbol systems that linguists have used for the sounds of Spanish. More than 450 clear entries for symbols and diacritics describe their meanings in the RFE, IPA, and American systems, as well as less common and unconventional uses. The book includes an overview of the Spanish sound system and a helpful glossary of phonetic terms. Guide to the Phonetic Symbols of Spanish will prove invaluable for scholars and students of Spanish phonetics and phonology, and a necessary resource for linguists who encounter the abundance of phonetic symbols used for Spanish.

Guide to the Phonetic Symbols of Spanish is available in paperback and in library binding (no dust jacket).

Reviews

"The detail and precision with which this book describes all phonetic symbols of Spanish is outstanding. For example, one phonological process that relates to contextual, dialectal and even intra-speaker variation is the weakening or spirantization of the labial, dental and velar voiced stops. This variation triggered a wide range of symbols which this book successfully reproduces while making sense of it."
--Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2009

"No es fácil precisar en cuántas ocasiones--porque son muchas--nos hemos encontrado con dificultades en el momento de consultar la bibliografía sobre algún aspecto relacionado con la pronunciación del español, debido a las constantes discrepancias en el tratamiento de la simbología fonética dependiendo del autor consultado. Pues bien, estamos convencidos de que estas dificultades no volverán a presentarse, ya que disponemos de la excelente guía del profesor Face para resolver nuestras dudas."
--Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Volumen VII (2009) No. 1 (13)

"La aparición de este libro es una excelente noticia para quienes, por razones muy diversas, y no solo arqueológicas o historiográficas, mantienen viva esa tradición filológica. El acopio de información sobre variantes que en él se vuelca, la limpieza y elegancia de la tipografía con que se recogen los símbolos, unidos a la reflexión fonética sobre los matices recogidos por signos y diacríticos, confieren a la fonética del español un nivel de (meta-)descripción equiparable al que hoy le otorgan al Alfabeto Fonético Internacional [AFI] monografías como el Handbook de la International Phonetic Association [IPA] o la guía de Pullum y Ladusaw."
--Revista de Filología Española (RFE), LXXXIX, 1.o, 2009, págs. 193-199

About the author

Timothy L. Face is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Minnesota, where his research deals with Spanish phonetics and phonology. He is the author of Intonational Marking of Contrastive Focus in Madrid Spanish (2002) and The Intonation of Castilian Spanish Declaratives and Absolute Interrogatives (2008), and is the founding editor of the journal Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.


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