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Speech and Voice Science

Third Edition
Alison Behrman
450 pages, Color Illustrations (2 Color), Softcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Companion Website
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Speech and Voice Science, Third Edition is the only textbook to provide comprehensive and detailed information on both voice source and vocal tract contributions to speech production. Because the writing style is user friendly for all levels of students, instructors report using this book for a wide variety of courses, including undergraduate and graduate courses in acoustic phonetics, speech science, instrumentation, and voice disorders. Heavily revised and updated, this third edition offers multiple new resources for instructors and students to enhance classroom learning and active student participation. At the same time, this revised textbook provides flexibility to allow instructors to construct a classroom learning experience that best suits their course objectives.

New to the Third Edition:

  • A PluralPlus companion website provides new study aids and teaching materials for students and instructors:

For students:
- Study aids such as key terms and review questions for each chapter
- A speech science game for a lighthearted way to help study

For instructors:
- Revised and updated slides for traditional classroom lectures
- Responses to the Clinical Case questions to guide classroom discussions or testing

  • A new chapter addresses Speech Prosody with updated and expanded coverage of the acoustic properties that contribute to stress, prominence, and speech rhythm, and the clinical relevance of acoustic measurement of prosody
  • A new chapter on Instrumentation that covers basic information on digital data acquisition, microphones, and recording for clinical and research purposes
  • Re-organization of introductory material provides a new chapter on the physics of motion to prepare students to learn about the acoustics of sound waves
  • Clinical cases have been included in each chapter to help students apply speech science principles to clinical practice
  • 49 revised spectrogram figures with increased clarity of key acoustic features of vowels and consonants
  • A newly designed 2 color interior

Key Features:

  • A highly readable writing style that allows students to grasp difficult concepts
  • Heavily illustrated to enhance information provided in the text
  • Each chapter includes section study questions to help students make sure that they are focusing on key concepts
  • Side bars throughout the text provide a deeper dive into related topics

Preface to the Third Edition
About the Contributor
About the Illustrator

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Describing and Explaining Motion
Chapter 3. Sound Waves
Chapter 4. Breathing
Chapter 5. Phonation I: Basic Voice Science
Chapter 6. Phonation II: Measurement and Instrumentation
Chapter 7. The Production and Perception of Vowels
Chapter 8. The Production and Perception of Consonants
Chapter 9. Prosody
Chapter 10. Theories and Models of Speech Production
Chapter 11. Theories of Speech Perception
Chapter 12. Instrumentation
Donald Finan

Appendix A. Measurement Conversions
Appendix B. Reading Passages
Appendix C. Frequencies of the Musical Scale
Appendix D. The International Phonetic Alphabet

About The Author

Alison Behrman

Alison Behrman, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Assistant Professor in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College/City University of New York, where she teaches courses in speech science, anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, motor speech disorders, and voice disorders.

Purchasers of this book receive complimentary access to supplementary materials hosted on a PluralPlus companion website.

To access the materials, log in to the website using the URL located inside the front cover of your copy of Speech and Voice Science, Third Edition.

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