Academic journal article Language, Learning & Technology

The Mouton Interactive Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology and Phonetics: An Interactive Introduction

Academic journal article Language, Learning & Technology

The Mouton Interactive Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology and Phonetics: An Interactive Introduction

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Title             The Mouton Interactive Introduction to 
                  Phonetics and Phonology (2000) 
 
Author            Jurgen Handke 
 
Platform          Windows (9x/ME/NT 4.0/2000) and 
                  Macintosh (MacOS 8.1 or higher) 
 
Minimum           PC: Pentium, 32 MB RAM, 30 MB 
hardware          hard disk space, SVGA graphics 
requirements      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. 
 
Publisher         Mouton de Gruyter. 
                  http://www.degruyter.de/mouton/ 
                  phonetics/ 
 
Support offered   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. 
 
Target language   English and general 
 
Target audience   Linguistics students and instructors 
 
Price             $39.95 (for orders placed in North 
                  America). Class adoption price (20 or 
                  more copies) $29.95. Campus license 
                  $750. 
 
ISBN              3-11-016812-X 
 
Title             Phonetics: An Interactive Introduction 
                  (2000; Contains bonus program 
                  Introduction to Voice Onset Time, 1996) 
 
Author            Nicholas Reid, with contributions from 
                  Helen Fraser 
 
Platform          Windows (95/98/NT4) and Macintosh 
                  (MacOS 7.5.1 or later) 
 
Minimum           PC: Pentium processor or equivalent, 2x 
hardware          speed CD-ROM, 12 MB RAM (free), 
requirements      800x600 8-bit color display. 
                  Mac: 68040 or faster processor, 2x speed 
                  CD-ROM, 12 MB RAM (free), 800x600 
                  8-bit color display. 
 
Publisher         The University of New England, 
                  Australia 
                  http://www.une.edu.au/tlc/phon.htm 
 
Support offered   None. (Tips given from the Navigate 
                  pull-down menu.) 
 
Target language   English and general 
 
Target audience   Linguistics students and instructors 
 
Price             UNE Student $21.93; Other Student 
                  $54.77; Institution $98.63. Incl. postage, 
                  handling and GST. (Price given in 
                  Australian dollars.) 
 
ISBN              1-86389-609-0 

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.

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. …

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