Discovering Speech, Words, and Mind

Discovering Speech, Words, and Mind

By: Toben H. Mintz (author), Dani Byrd (author)Hardback

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Written in a lively style, Discovering Speech, Words, andMind applies a scientific approach to the study of variousaspects of speech, using everyday examples to introduce thebeginning student to the world of language and cognition. An accessible introduction to the fundamentals of speechproduction, speech perception, word-formation, language acquisitionand speech disorders Considers how the informational content of the speech signalrelates to phonological units connecting the three areas ofspeech, words, and mind Focuses on speech production and recognition at the word-leveland below, and includes sign languages Written in a highly accessible style for students with nobackground in linguistics or psychology Packed with numerous student-friendly features, includingengaging examples, illustrations, and sidebars for furtherdiscussion; further online exercises and data also available at

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About Author

Dani Byrd is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Southern California and a Research Affiliate of Haskins Laboratories. She is a member of the Editorial Board on both the Journal of Phonetics and the Journal of the International Phonetic Association, and has published widely on articulation, vocal tract imaging and prosody. Toben H. Mintz is Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Southern California, where his research involves studies with infants, toddlers, and adults, as well as computer modelling. He is on the Editorial Board of Cognition.


1 Human Language as a Scientific Phenomenon.

The specialness of language.

The study of language as a cognitive science.

2 Speaking, Sound, and Hearing.

Speaking and transcribing.

The sound of speech.


3 Phonetic Diversity in the World's Languages and DiversityAmong Dialects of English.

The sounds of the world's languages.

English in the United States and around the world.

4 Introduction to Experimental Design.

5 Speech Perception.

The lack of invariance and the use of cues in speechperception.

Ways in which speech perception might be special.

Discovering words.

6 Word Recognition.

7 Phonological Units and Phonological Patterning.

8 Word Form and Function.

9 Sign Languages.

10 Language and the Brain.

11 Language, Speech, and Hearing Disorders.

12 Reading and Dyslexia.

Appendix: IPA Chart.


Product Details

  • publication date: 12/03/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781405157988
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781405157988
  • weight: 790
  • ISBN10: 1405157984

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