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Functional Phonetics Workbook

Second Edition
Mary Lou Marsoun Cancio, Sadanand Singh
336 + 16 pages of study cards pages, Illustrated (B/W), Spiral Bound, 8.5 x 11"
Included Media:
3 CDs
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The user-friendly Functional Phonetics Workbook, now in its second edition, meets this need. The basics of learning the IPA are emphasized so that students can be successful and confident at IPA transcription.

The workbook includes easy-to-use phoneme study cards, which help students learn the symbol/sound association using the IPA. Also included are clear diagrams illustrating how sounds are produced and two CDs of transcription exercises related to the study cards.

For the second edition, the author has added learning objectives to every chapter, each of which are followed by study questions to reinforce learning, a glossary of terms, additional transcription exercises for Central Vowels, and a third CD containing convenient Phoneme Study Card audio tracks for ease of access to study cards when reviewing sound/symbol association for IPA phonemes.

Newly added key features:
• Learning Objectives and Study Questions to help guide study
• Glossary of Terms
• Phoneme Study Card audio tracks all on CD 3
• Index of all content on CDs
• New syllable exercises
• New exercises for determining word stress
• Added Central Vowels transcription exercises

By providing these additions and enhancements, the authors have made Functional Phonetics Workbook, Second Edition even more useful as a text for academic programs, while retaining its user-friendly features that have made the text popular with those who want to refresh their knowledge of phonetics or learn basics of the IPA.


  • Melissa B. Fitcher, MA (George Washington University), Doody's Review Service (2008):
    "Most helpful are the numerous opportunities readers have to practice transcribing using the IPA, and the two audio CDs that provide sample exercises for transcribing online speech.... A valuable addition to the resources available for both teaching and learning the IPA. **** 4 Stars! [Refers to First Edition.]"

  • June Levitt, Texas Women's University (2013):
    "The book is great for IPA transcription practice."

  • Leigh Ann Roden, Western Kentucky University (2013):
    "I liked the fact that the textbook provided short, easy-to-read chapters. Students have responded well to this format."

  • Julie Lewis, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 62:3, 348-349 (May 2015):
    "The second edition of the ''Functional Phonetics Workbook'' is a pleasing addition to the range of resources available for the teaching and learning of phonetics for communicationdisorders. The book is user-friendly and provides clear basic information enhanced by the addition of numerous practical exercises incorporating audio CDs. The additions such as exercises on words stress and central vowels, phoneme study cards on CD, study questions and a glossary of terms magnify this book’s potential to develop future or existing clinicians’ ability to transcribe the IPA competently. This has the capacity to translate into improvement of everyday practice in the provision of services to clients with communication disorders."


Workbook Format

1. The International Phonetic Alphabet
2. Learning to Write IPA Symbols Syllables and Word Shapes
3. Articulatory Aspects of Phonetics
4. Stop-Consonants
5. Consonants: Nasals and Syllabics
6. Consonants: Fricatives
7. Consonants: Affricates
8. Consonants: Oral Resonants
9. Articulation of Vowels
10. Front Vowels
11. Central Vowels
12. Back Vowels
13. Diphthongs
14. Word Stress
15. Dynamics of Connected Speech
16. Dialect Differences

Appendix A: The International Phonetic Alphabet

Appendix B: Answers to Exercises

Appendix C: Answers to Study Questions

Appendix D: Table of Contents for CDs

Phoneme Study Cards

CD Contents:
Disc 1

  • Transcription Exercises 2.1-8.14

Disc 2

  • Transcription Exercises 10.1-15.1

Disc 3

  • Phoneme Study Cards

About The Authors

Mary Lou Marsoun Cancio

Mary Lou Marsoun Cancio, MA, received her master's degree in speech-language pathology from California State University, Fresno in 1987. Since then, she has been employed in a public school setting and as a part-time lecturer. She has taught the introductory phonetics course at CSU-Fresno since 1994. She has also taught introduction to communicative disorders, introduction to language development, and diagnostic procedures courses, as well as provided supervision for clinicians. Ms. Cancio served as advisor to the CSU-Fresno Chapter of NSSLHA from 1998 to 2003. She has also served as secretary to the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies Chapter of the CSU-Fresno Alumni Association since 1995. In this capacity, she arranged conferences for nationally recognized speakers in communicative disorders to provide continuing education to area professionals. In 2003, she was the recipient of the CASHA District 5 Outstanding Achievement Award and in 2005 received the Friends of CDDS Appreciation Award for more than 10 years of service to the Department of Communicative Disorders at CSU-Fresno.

Sadanand Singh

Sadanand Singh, PhD, (1934-2010) was a fellow of the American
Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA) and an active member to the direction of that organization. Dr. Singh was chairman of Plural Publishing and had been a professor at The Ohio State University, professor and department chair at Howard University, professor and director at the University of Texas Health Science program, and professor and chairman of the Communicative Disorders Department at San Diego State University. He also served on advisory boards with leading scientists, clinicians, and professors in several areas of key academic and clinical concentration. Dr. Singh authored undergraduate and graduate texts in phonetics, phonology, measurements, and clinical procedures.

The workbook comes with three DVDs:

Two CDs of transcription exercises related to the study cards.

One CD containing convenient Phoneme Study Card audio tracks for ease of access to study cards when reviewing sound/symbol association for IPA phonemes.