Japanese Pronunciation & Accents
Geo-social Applications of the Natural Phonetics & Tonetics Method
Luciano Canepari & Francesca Miscio
University of Venice; Musashino University of Music, Tokyo
This book applies the principles of Natural Phonetics & Tonetics to describe the pronunciation of Japanese, including intonation, in a precise way never found in earlier treatises (even those by native phoneticians). It includes an introduction to the Natural Phonotonetics Method, which can be used for any other language, as well (without the sadly known limitations of official IPA).
The vowels, consonants, structures, and intonation of Japanese are fully described and transcribed, with many examples of words, sentences, and conversations, in addition to the intonationally integrated IPA sample passage ‘The North Wind and the Sun’.
Different types of Japanese pronunciation are described, including neutral, mediatic, and 20 local accents (and one diachronic stage).
A mini-phono-dictionary contains more than 500 words and proper names usually puzzling and challenging especially for foreigners.
The typical Japanese pronunciation by foreign speakers is also included.
Luciano Canepari, Natural Phonotonetics, University of Venice, Italy, originally trained in the British phonetic tradition, later on he developed the Natural Phonotonetics Method. For Lincom he published (among others): A Handbook of Pronunciation; Natural Phonetics & Tonetics; English Pronunciation & Accents; German Pronunciation & Accents; in addition to Dutch & Afrikaans Pronunciation & Accents and Chinese Pronunciation & Accents (both with M. Cerini), and Hindi Pronunciation & Accents (both with G. Sharma).
Francesca Miscio, Italian & Japanese Natural Phonotonetics, Musashino University of Music, Tokyo, Japan.
ISBN 9783862887156. LINCOM Studies in Phonetics 17. 268pp. 2016.