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ISBN-13 9780132893152ISBN-10 0132893150
ISBN-10 0132897083ISBN-13 9780132897082
Author(s): Ian R.A. Mackay
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 320

This comprehensive, clearly written, and student-friendly introduction to acoustics and the acoustics of speech is suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of audiology, speech-language pathology, linguistics, and cognitive science/psychology.

This comprehensive introduction to acoustics and the science of speech takes a topic that is often challenging to students, and presents it in a clearly written, reader-friendly approach that makes the concepts accessible. Using examples and analogies from everyday life or general experience, the text helps explain aspects of basic acoustics in the context of communication disorders and speech research, with a special emphasis on helping students achieve a high level of understanding.

In addition to a wealth of pedagogical features, the book includes a helpful reviews of concepts that students might have studied previously, but are essential to understanding the material—reading graphs, the nature of atmospheric pressure, significant digits, scientific notation, numerical scales, basic phonetics, and more. Mathematically the book stops short of calculus, using inductive reasoning to present material.