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Preclinical Speech Science Bundle (Textbook + Workbook)

Third Edition
Thomas J. Hixon, Gary Weismer, Jeannette D. Hoit
Color Illustrations (4 Color), Boxed Set, 8.5 x 11"
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Preclinical Speech Science Bundle (Textbook + Workbook), Third Edition is a high-quality text with companion workbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in speech and hearing science. Written in a user-friendly style by distinguished scientists/clinicians who have taught the course to thousands of students at premier academic programs, it is the text of choice for instructors and students. Additionally, it is applicable to a broad range of courses that cover the anatomy and physiology of speech production, speech acoustics, and swallowing as well as those that cover the hearing mechanism, psychoacoustics, and speech perception.

The material in the textbook is designed to help future speech-language pathologists and audiologists to understand the science that underpins their work and provide a framework for the evaluation and management of their future clients. It provides all the information students need to be fully ready for their clinical practicum training.

The third edition of the workbook reflects the changes found in the textbook and includes activities to correspond with the three new textbook chapters on Auditory Anatomy and Physiology, Auditory Psychophysics, and Speech Physiology Measurement and Analysis, as well as revised content throughout the existing chapters. It contains a variety of activities, including anatomical labeling, measurement of physiologic and acoustic data, interpretation of graphs, and the conduct of simple experiments (without the need for special equipment). Comprehensive answers are also included for each chapter.


  • Describes scientific principles explicitly and in translational terms that emphasize their relevance to clinical practice.
  • Features beautiful original, full-color illustrations designed to be instructive learning tools.
  • Incorporates analogies that aid thinking about processes from different perspectives.
  • Features "sidetracks" that contain clinical insights and relate interesting historical and contemporary facts to the discipline of speech and hearing science.
  • Provides a framework for conceptualizing the uses, subsystems, and levels of observation of speech production, hearing, and swallowing.
  • Includes material that is ideal for preparing both undergraduates and graduates for clinical study.


  • Three new, up-to-date, and comprehensive chapters on Auditory Anatomy and Physiology; Auditory Psychophysics; and Speech Physiology Measurement and Analysis.
  • All chapters fully revised including updated references and new full-color, detailed images.
  • Ancillary materials available on a PluralPlus companion website including PowerPoint lecture slides, image bank, study guides, sound files, and more.

About The Authors

Thomas J. Hixon

Thomas J. Hixon, PhD, CCC-SLP (1940-2009) received his PhD from the University of Iowa and did postdoctoral work in physiology at Harvard University. He was Professor Emeritus of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate College at the University of Arizona and had been Head of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Director of the National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, Director of the Movement Neuroscience Program, Research Integrity Officer, and Associate Vice President for Research at the same institution. Dr. Hixon was a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was awarded Honors of the Association, the Council of Editor’s Award, two Journal Editor’s Awards from the Association for the outstanding article of the year, and a Career Teaching Award from the University of Arizona. Dr. Hixon served as Editor of the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Speech Section Editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, and an editorial reviewer and/or Associate Editor to over a dozen other speech and voice journals. His research interests centered on normal and abnormal speech production and the biomechanics of singing.

Gary Weismer

Gary Weismer, PhD, is Professor Emeritus and former Chair and Oros Bascom Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Pennsylvania State University and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. Dr. Weismer's research publications concern normal speech production, as well as speech production and intelligibility phenomena in persons with motor speech disorders. Dr. Weismer has twice been Associate Editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (previously the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research) and Associate Editor of Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica (FPL). From 2011 to 2016, he was Editor in Chief of FPL and a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics. In 1999, Dr. Weismer was named a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. Dr. Weismer has won several teaching awards, including a mentoring award in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Honors program and several residence hall awards for outstanding teaching.

Jeannette D. Hoit

Jeannette D. Hoit, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona and a speech-language pathologist. Dr. Hoit received her BA in Anthropology from University of California at Los Angeles, her MA in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University, and her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona, and she pursued postdoctoral study in the Harvard School of Public Health Respiratory Biology Program and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Speech Research Laboratory. Dr. Hoit's research focuses on speech physiology, with an emphasis on normal aging and development, neuromotor speech disorders, and respiratory function and dysfunction. Dr. Hoit is a past and current editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and past president of the American Association of Phonetic Sciences. She has received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from San Diego State University and several teaching and mentoring awards from the University of Arizona.

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347 pages, Color Illustrations (4 Color), Softcover, 8.5 x 11"