Chapter one is the introductory chapter that explains the essence of phonology while exploring various types of phonetics including articulatory phonetics, acoustic phonetics, morphophonology, and taxonomic phonology, among others (Mehmet 3).
The Second Chapter by the name ‘phonology’ is interesting because it explores English in terms of functional and non-functional contrasts that are the main challenge to learners (Mehmet 49). Examples seeking comparison and differences between various languages are enlightening.
Chapter Five analyses the acoustic phonetics. The interesting element is the speech’s spectrographic characteristic. Inclusion of vowel like alphabets called Sonorants characterized by voice bars gives depth to the English language (Mehmet 120).
The book provides an excellent foundation for understanding the basics of phonology as well as other aspects of English including sentence structure, spelling and pronunciation. The interactive nature that engages the reader creates an experience in learning identical to the three dimensional awareness practiced in visual arts. The artistic appeal is what makes the book enjoyable and perfect for self-starters as well as classroom sessions.
The isolation of chapters to deal with unique elements of phonology provides a convenient mode of freedom in selection of chapter. This should enable creative instructors or teachers to move randomly from chapter to the next based on the current need of the class. An example would be starting with the chapter eight to break the ice in a highly diversified class. Touching on aspects of the ten different languages may be effective in drawing the interest of majority of the students.
I find the focus and comparisons restricted predominantly to the variations found within the United States thus the scanty comparisons with other languages form a weak premise for advancement ...Show more