Book Review of Preclinical Speech Science: Anatomy, Physiology, Acoustics, Perception Instructors of undergraduate level anatomy and physiology courses and speech science courses have found it challenging to select textbooks for those classes. In addition to containing thorough coverage of diverse topics and clear explanations of difficult concepts, the material in these books must be clinically relevant. For introductory anatomy ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   October 01, 2008
Book Review of Preclinical Speech Science: Anatomy, Physiology, Acoustics, Perception
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  • Amy T. Neel
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Viewpoint
Viewpoint   |   October 01, 2008
Book Review of Preclinical Speech Science: Anatomy, Physiology, Acoustics, Perception
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2008, Vol. 18, 48-50. doi:10.1044/ssod18.2.48
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2008, Vol. 18, 48-50. doi:10.1044/ssod18.2.48
Instructors of undergraduate level anatomy and physiology courses and speech science courses have found it challenging to select textbooks for those classes. In addition to containing thorough coverage of diverse topics and clear explanations of difficult concepts, the material in these books must be clinically relevant. For introductory anatomy and physiology courses, a quick survey of syllabi available online indicated that about half the instructors chose the Zemlin Speech and Hearing Science: Anatomy and Physiology text last revised in 1998, while the other half chose the Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing written by Seikel, King, and Drumright. The Zemlin textbook, while comprehensive, is now somewhat out of date on several topics, whereas the Seikel et al. book suffers from less than optimal illustrations and lack of depth in some areas. There are more textbooks available for speech science courses: Several instructors use Ferrand's Speech Science: An Integrated Approach to Theory and Clinical Practice; some employ the recently updated classic Speech Science Primer: Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech by Raphael, Borden, and Harris; and a few use the Fucci and Lass Fundamentals of Speech Science, Kent's The Speech Sciences, or Fundamentals of Sound with Applications to Speech and Hearing by Mullin, Gerace, Mestre, and Velleman. It has been difficult for many speech science instructors to find a textbook that combines adequate coverage of basic acoustics, acoustic analysis of speech, speech perception, and clinical applications. With the Plural Publishing's publication of Preclinical Speech Science: Anatomy, Physiology, Acoustics, Perception, by Thomas J. Hixon, Gary Weismer, and Jeannette D. Hoit, there is a text that can be used for both anatomy and speech science courses, provides thorough and clear explanations of speech production and speech perception, and addresses clinical topics through case studies at the beginning and end of each chapter.
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