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Language Learning Technology http llt msu edu vol6num3 review4 September 2002 Volume 6 Number 3 pp 37 45 REVIEW OF THE MOUTON INTERACTIVE INTRODUCTION TO PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY AND PHONETICS AN INTERACTIVE INTRODUCTION Title The Mouton Interactive Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 2000 Author J rgen Handke Platform Windows 9x ME NT 4 0 2000 and Macintosh MacOS 8 1 or higher PC Pentium 32 MB RAM 30 MB hard disk space SVGA graphics board CD ROM drive and sound card Mac PowerPC 120 MHz or higher 32 MB RAM 30 MB hard disk space screen resolution 800x600 color monitor with thousands of colors or higher CD ROM drive sound card Mouton de Gruyter http www degruyter de mouton phonetics Extensive context sensitive Help menus throughout the program as well as a Help index Brief overview of program options given in inside cover of booklet inside the jewel case English and general Linguistics students and instructors 39 95 for orders placed in North America Class adoption price 20 or more copies 29 95 Campus license 750 3 11 016812 X Minimum hardware requirements Publisher Support offered Target language Target audience Price ISBN Phonetics An Interactive Introduction 2000 Contains bonus program Introduction to Voice Onset Time 1996 Nicholas Reid with contributions from Helen Fraser Windows 95 98 NT4 and Macintosh MacOS 7 5 1 or later PC Pentium processor or equivalent 2x speed CD ROM 12 MB RAM free 800x600 8 bit color display Mac 68040 or faster processor 2x speed CD ROM 12 MB RAM free 800x600 8 bit color display The University of New England Australia http www une edu au tlc phon htm None Tips given from the Navigate pull down menu English and general Linguistics students and instructors UNE Student 21 93 Other Student 54 77 Institution 98 63 Incl postage handling and GST Price given in Australian dollars 1 86389 609 0 Reviewed by D Eric Holt University of South Carolina OVERVIEW The Mouton Interactive Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology and Phonetics An Interactive Introduction which includes the bonus program Introduction to Voice Onset Time are CD based multimedia resources for the beginning student of linguistics as well as for more advanced students or instructors who desire further review of the fundamentals of phonetics and phonology in a visually stimulating interactive setting Both CD ROMs contain detailed illustrations animated graphics and video clips of the physical acoustic and auditory aspects of speech production and perception and in the case of the Mouton title of more abstract phonological concepts representations and theories Both programs are easily navigated via menu driven commands and clickable hotlinks and they include practical exercises for the student to develop mastery of the concepts presented Copyright 2002 ISSN 1094 3501 37 Reviewed by D Eric Holt Review of Mouton Interactive and Phonetics These programs are part of the growing trend to offer Web based or CD ROM resources for students of linguistics such as those that supplement the texts of Hammond 2001 http www cascadilla com ssaa index html Labov Ash Boberg 2001 http babel ling upenn edu phono atlas home html and http www uni marburg de linguistik dgweb atlas cdinfo htm Ladefoged 2001a 2001b http hctv humnet ucla edu departments linguistics VowelsandConsonants index htm as well as the Contemporary Linguistics companion Web site http www bedfordstmartins com linguistics which provides excellent links on phonetics and phonology The difference in the current context is of course that the CD ROMs under review are stand alone materials See the Appendix for a list of other multimedia and on line phonetics and phonology materials DISCUSSION The Mouton Interactive Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology From the opening screen there is access to separate branches dedicated to phonetics and phonology with over 100 screens of content Various buttons appear on each screen when the functions are available Navigation which leads to the closest thing to what one might call the table of contents Bibliography with a list of 12 entries on phonetics and phonology with reference information that can be copied to the clipboard a blurb about the book and a summary of its contents Glossary an A Z listing of technical words and terms employed with definitions and textual examples where appropriate Notepad for notetaking Information about the project and the author narrated by the author and Help In addition content screens have a button for the Interactive Tutor when relevant exercises are available The Phonetics section shows all aspects of articulatory auditory and acoustic phonetics and in addition to text includes numerous animations and sound files to help the student more fully grasp the concepts presented see Figures 1 and 2 Figure 1 Mouton Phonetics overview Language Learning Technology 38 Reviewed by D Eric Holt Review of Mouton Interactive and Phonetics Figure 2 Mouton State of the Glottis The interactive presentation of Phonetics is noteworthy For example one highly useful screen from the subsection The Segments of Speech is The International Phonetic Alphabet Pulmonic Consonants which contains a full IPA chart When a symbol is clicked a traditional three part articulatory description is shown and the sound is heard accompanied by animated side view facial diagrams Likewise Primary Cardinal Vowels allows the user to see how vowel sounds are produced by moving the cursor over a vowel triangle superimposed on an animated human vocal tract side view As the cursor moves over a certain vowel the mouth and tongue in the image shift to reflect the articulation of the vowel an additional front view of a human face also shifts according to the vowel produced which may be heard by clicking on it Finally The Human Hearing System from the Auditory Phonetics subsection provides an animated graphic of the workings of the outer middle and inner ear along with a voice over description by the author The Phonology section covers standard topics such as the phoneme and distinctive features as well as suprasegmentals and a variety of phonological theories from the ancient tradition to Optimality Theory and it includes discussion of British and American English There are copious illustrations of minimal pairs stress and intonational phrases and other topics all fully exemplified visually graphically and auditorily where appropriate see Figure 3 Language Learning Technology 39 Reviewed by D Eric Holt Review of Mouton


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