German Phonetics and Phonology
Theory and Practice
Mary Grantham O'Brien and Sarah M. B. Fagan
September 27, 2016
416 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
58 b/w illus.
An essential introduction to the pronunciation of modern German, this unique classroom text is designed to help mid- to upper-level undergraduate students of German produce more accurate and comprehensible German speech. Written in English in a clear and engaging style and employing a minimum of technical jargon, it is the first German phonetics and phonology text to focus on theory and practice, covering topics ranging from the analysis of one's own speech to historical developments and regional variation. This work includes a wealth of exercises supported by an ancillary website audio program designed to help students perceive and produce sounds and prosodic features more accurately. Addressing topics such as word stress, sentence stress, and intonation as well as the pronunciation of individual sounds, this one-of-a-kind primer provides its users with a solid basis in German phonetics and phonology in order to improve their pronunciation of German.
"This book is unlike anything else on the market. It's not only up-to-date, but balanced between phonetics and phonology while covering a wide range of practical and theoretical issues. With all that, it will still be accessible to a broad audience. I look forward to teaching with this book."—Joseph Salmons, author of A History of German: What the past reveals about today's language