Clinical Phonetics and Phonology: Analyzing Speech in a Clinical Context

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9780123569189: Clinical Phonetics and Phonology: Analyzing Speech in a Clinical Context

Clinical Phonetics and Phonology is ideal for intermediate and advanced students of speech pathology and for practicing Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists who encounter immature and/or disordered speech in their clinical work. Anyone with a basic knowledge of phonetics and the basic principles of phonology, and who is interested in the often surprising ways in which even severely disordered speech maintains an internal consistency despite outward appearances, will find this book helpful and illuminating. The authors take the reader through the process of making phonetic and phonological sense of disordered speech from the moment of first hearing it to completing an analytic description of it on which clinical decisions can then be more securely based. The stages of the process are described in detail and include: * obtaining samples of speech data * making transcriptional and instrumental records * analyzing the phonetic content in terms of features, segments and prosody * analyzing the relationship of the phonetic content to the pronunciation system of the language * identifying points of convergence with and divergence from the pronunciation norms Rather than adopting a view of the speaker as a passive implementer of simplification processes, this book sees speakers as constructing their own patterns of pronunciation and sees the ultimate task of analysis as describing those patterns in phonetic and phonological terms. The authors stress the importance of taking normal phonetic and phonological variation into account when dealing with immature and disordered data in line with the view that subsequent intervention aims to rehabilitate speakers in to their speech environment, not to move them towards >standard' models of speech. The methods, terms and concepts employed throughout are derived from a functionalist view of language which aims to avoid mentalist speculation. Emphasis is laid on what can be observed and how this can

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This book offers a comprehensive method for analyzing immature and disordered speech in order to better understand the complex and yet structured ways in which they relate to ‘normal’ mature speech

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Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, U.K.

Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, U.K.

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