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A Primer Of Phonetics

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Although the study of phonetics numbers more disciples in England than Dr. Sweet seems to think, he stands so indisputably above all other phonetists in this country that it would be almost presumptuous to comment on the great learning and accurate observation which have been lavished upon this book. Still, as Dr. Sweet has definitely stated the object of his work, we are bound to ask ourselves how far his intentions have been fulfilled. "This book is intended to supply the double want of a new edition of my 'Handbook of Phonetics,' and of a concise introduction to phonetics, with especial reference to English." Such are the words with which Dr. Sweet begins his preface. We should rather have called it an attempt to construct a practical phonetic alphabet with examples of its application to English, &c.
For this purpose Dr. Sweet takes Bell's system as the groundwork, and hence forms a number of more or less conventionalized symbols, to which are added diacritics quant. suff. Six pages are devoted to "Introduction," which combines hints to beginners with a justification of the spelling reformers; then follow 34 pages of "Analysis," in which the symbols are assigned to their respective sounds, and thirteen sets of diacritics given by which they may be modified. The next 30 pages are taken up with "Synthesis," in which the elaborate and difficult subject of glides is treated, and seven fresh sets of diacritics are introduced. Then 40 pages give the special sound-systems of English, French, German, Latin, and Greek, with illustrative passages; and the book ends with a table of symbols.
On comparing this volume with the 'Handbook of Phonetics,' a great improvement must be recognized; the notation which was there employed was unsatisfactory, and many serious, if not very obvious mistakes were admitted. Most of the latter have disappeared, and the new notation avoids many disadvantages of the old. At the same time much has been sacrificed for the diminution in space which is not balanced by more elementary treatment. As an introduction to phonetics we fear the book can scarcely be pronounced a success. The science is no doubt a difficult one, but that is the more reason for treating it clearly and progressively. This volume, even more than the 'Handbook,' will puzzle beginners by the confusion of elementary and advanced learning. Distinctions which are both clear and important for a specialist are not always either clear or important for a learner; while the distinction between "inner" and "outer" rounding on p. 15, which even Prof. Sievers ('Phonetik,' p. 75) confessed too technical for him, might surely be omitted from a primer. Again, on p. 36 we have a combination to represent a single sound, made up of two symbols, a pair of brackets and three diacritics, and this is spoken of as merely tentative until our "analysis becomes more minute"! The effect of this elaboration is that many important distinctions have to be ignored-for example, that between sonant and consonant, nasals and liquids, &c, which is of much practical importance. Thus, in the German specimen on p. 101, dannen is written by four symbols which may be transliterated by dan n. Now dannen is undoubtedly a word of two syllables, and therefore the two sounds which are here represented by the same symbol differ in the very important respect that one can be the bearer of the syllabic accent, while the other cannot. As Dr. Sweet rightly regards phonetics as the indispensable foundation for all study of language, it would have been better to put in the foreground those distinctions which have been of the greatest moment in the history of languages. Dr. Sweet's attempt to restore the true or approximate pronunciation of Latin and Greek will be found both interesting and suggestive.
-The Athenaeum, Issue 3375


Hip Hop Headphones

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Hip Hop Headphones is a course in Hip Hop Culture. Featuring definitions, lectures, academic essays, and other scholarly discussions and resources,Headphones documents the academic work of a self-professed scholar of the culture. In this project, Hip Hop is defined from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and then situated in a number of scholarly discourses, including pedagogy, literary studies, cultural studies and education. Headphones embraces the elemental forms of Hip Hop Culture--b-boying, dj-ing, rapping, and graffiti art--as a model for 21st-century academic scholarship and teaching. At the same time, it charts and collects the writings, research and insights of one of America's leading Hip Hop Scholars with the expressed purpose of serving as a blueprint for how academics and educators might use Hip Hop culture in the classroom.


What's A Cellphilm? Integrating Mobile Phone Technology Into Participatory Visual Research And Activism

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"What's a Cellphilm?" explores cellphone video production for its contributions to participatory visual research. There is a rich history of integrating participants' videos into community-based research and activism. However, a reliance on camcorders and digital cameras has come under criticism for exacerbating unequal power relations between researchers and their collaborators. Using cellphones in participatory visual research suggests a new way forward by working with accessible, everyday technology and integrating existing media practices. Cellphones are everywhere these days. People use mobile technology to visually document and share their lives. This new era of democratised media practices inspired Jonathan Dockney and Keyan Tomaselli to coin the term cellphilm (cellphone + film). The term signals the coming together of different technologies on one handheld device and the emerging media culture based on people's use of cellphones to create, share, and watch media. Chapters present practical examples of cellphilm research conducted in Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands and South Africa. Together these contributions consider several important methodological questions, such as: Is cellphilming a new research method or is it re-packaged participatory video? What theories inform the analysis of cellphilms? What might the significance of frequent advancements in cellphone technology be on cellphilms? How does our existing use of cellphones inform the research process and cellphilm aesthetics? What are the ethical dimensions of cellphilm use, dissemination, and archiving? These questions are taken up from interdisciplinary perspectives by established and new academic contributors from education, Indigenous studies, communication, film and media studies.



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